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Teen guilty of $4000 worth of damage

Dacoda Kirby pleaded guilding to wilful damge by graffiti after he spray painted buisnesses in Lowood in April.
Dacoda Kirby pleaded guilding to wilful damge by graffiti after he spray painted buisnesses in Lowood in April. Contributed

A 17-YEAR-old who caused almost $4000 worth of damage throughout Lowood and Gatton has pleaded guilty to 17 charges before the Gatton Magistrates Court.

Dacoda Richard Kirby was charged with two counts of enter premises with intent, one count of stealing, one count of trespass, three counts of wilful damage, eight counts of wilful damage by graffiti, one count of possession of utensils and one count of possessing dangerous drugs.

Between April 10 and 13 Kirby went on a graffiti rampage through Lowood, using red and white spray paint to cover businesses in words such as 'Gatton b***h' and 'Gatton is the bomb'.

The court heard on April 16, Kirby and three others broke into the Gatton Bowls Club.

Kirby had a steel hammer that he used to break into the business.

The same day the group damaged four phone boxes in the town.

On April 17 the same group broke into the Leagues Club at Cahill Park.

They smashed a glass panel and attempted to break into a confectionery machine.

The court heard they also caused damage by throwing a projectile into the window of a home and the headlight of a car.

They also stole a solar light.

The court heard the group had all consumed alcohol and smoked cannabis.

On June 11 Kirby was charged with possession of cannabis and pipes and scales.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess told the court Kirby was already on community-based orders when he committed these offences.

She said he could "look forward to a future of going to prison for longer and longer terms" if he continued the same behaviour.

Magistrate Sturgess said he was being given a last chance.

Kirby was sentenced to nine months imprisonment to be served by way of an intensive correction order.

He was also fined $400, is subject to a 40-hour graffiti removal order and will pay $3698.12 restitution.

Topics:  gatton gatton magistrates court graffiti lowood


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