11 January 2021

Man to face court for allegedly defacing police cars and light rail vehicles

| David Murtagh
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The man is alleged to have graffitied a police vehicle. Photos: ACT Policing.

A 39-year-old O’Connor man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (11 January) charged with a string of graffiti incidents.

Between May and October 2020, police allege the man committed the offences in Dickson, the City and O’Connor.

The man is alleged to have defaced police vehicles, light rail vehicles and the Sydney Building.

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The man is alleged to have defaced light rail vehicles.

The officer in Charge of Gungahlin Police Station, Inspector Rachel Hutka, said the alleged incidents’ brazen nature was particularly troubling for police.

“Our investigation indicates the offender would often commit these offences in full view of members of the public, while the offender was also allegedly spotted taking photos of his tags with a mobile phone shortly after committing the offences,” Inspector Rachel Hutka said.

“These incidents amount to property damage which is a criminal offence.

Sydney Building

Police will allege he also defaced buildings.

“The cost of the damage is real, with significant expenses involved in the clean-up process.

The man will face a total of seven charges, including defacing Commonwealth premises, damage property, and defacing public property.

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