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18/09/2021

Court hears Derry man caused estimated damage of £2,000 after painting graffiti on the City's Walls and historic cannons

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The case of a 27-year-old Derry man charged with painting graffiti on the City Walls has been adjourned to confirm the cost of repairs. Ray Bonner, of Ivy Terrace in the city, has been charged with causing criminal damage to Derry City Walls and cannons situated on it on February 13 of last year. The court heard paint was sprayed on the City Walls and the case had been adjourned to allow the defendant to gather restitution. Bonner brought £300 to court with him but the estimated cost of removing the paint was £1,800. Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said he was ‘sceptical’ about that figure and he told the court his client who ‘has some experience of painting’ would be happy to give evidence regarding cost. District Judge Barney McElholm said he remembered some ‘other gentlemen’ attending court who had painted graffiti on the City Walls and Mr MacDermott confirmed that it related to internment on that occasion. The judge explained that ‘very specialist work’ has to be carried out as the chemicals used on normal walls can’t be used on the historic City Walls. The case was adjourned to a court sitting on June 29 by which time the invoice for repairs must be submitted to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS). The local council would have to be spoken to and Judge McElholm said he was conscious that ‘every form of government body never is never good on deals and seem to pay over the odds for everything’.

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