A 22 year-old man, who was caught daubing ‘FTPSNI’ on to the wall of Magherafelt Bus Station, has been orderedby a court to pay £300.

Gar Corr of Parkmore Mews, Magherafelt was detected committing the offence on September 2, 2012.

The court heard that on the date in question, police in Magherafelt had received a report from Translink Bus Station stating that a male had been spraying yellow graffiti onto the wall of the station’s alleyway.

Footage belonging to the bus station was then viewed which showed the accused spraying ‘FTPSNI’ onto the wall, the court was told.

District Judge Desmond Perry said: “This is his second criminal damage offence.”

A defence solicitor said: “My client has managed to stay out of trouble over the past year. He has paid £240 in damage costs and has £60 with him today.”

Addressing Corr, Judge Desmond Perry said: “I hope you have learnt your lesson. You have proved you can stay out of trouble, much to your credit.  It is also to your credit that you have raised this amount of money,” before sentencing him to one month imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

“Any more graffiti and you will serve this sentence,” added Judge Perry.

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