Misc. News on Aussie Graff Arrests

A three-month jail term handed to an 18-year-old woman who wrote graffiti on a Sydney cafe’s wall is “absolutely appropriate”, NSW Premier Nathan Rees says.

Cheyene Back, from Daceyville, faced the Downing Centre Local Court on Monday charged with intentionally or recklessly damaging a brick wall, the property of Hyde Park Cafe, on January 11.

Magistrate Ian McRae jailed her for three months, but another magistrate later granted her unconditional bail pending her appeal, listed for March 4.

Mr Rees said he thought the three-month sentence was right.

“Everywhere I go graffiti is an issue,” he told reporters. “This sends a message that it’s not something that the community regards as a frivolous offence.

“It is something that affects not only the aesthetic but people’s sense of safety.

“They see graffiti around and they think there is other anti-social behaviour going on and I think a three-month jail term is absolutely appropriate.”

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