Court Gives Teenage Graffiti 'Artist' An ASBO

PUBLISHED: 09:45 14 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:11 04 May 2010

Jason Coleby

Jason Coleby

A TEENAGER with a history of causing criminal damage was given an anti social behaviour this week. For the next two years, 16-year-old Jordan Coleby is banned from carrying any cans or tins of paint which could be used for graffiti. Under the terms of his

A TEENAGER with a history of causing criminal damage was given an anti social behaviour this week.

For the next two years, 16-year-old Jordan Coleby is banned from carrying any cans or tins of paint which could be used for graffiti.

Under the terms of his ASBO, the teenager is prevented from:

* Trespassing by going into other people's property without permission.

* Carrying in public any cans or tins of paint or marker pens that could be used for graffiti.

* Engaging in any behaviour that damages other people's property.

* Engaging in any behaviour that causes nuisance, harassment, alarm or distress to others; or is threatening abusive or insulting to others in Little Downham and Littleport.

Applying for the ASBO, prosecutor Sally Rose told Ely Youth Court that Coleby had "an extensive record" of criminal damage.

She said the terms of the ASBO would prevent burglary and graffiti offences, and would act as a deterrent.

The teenager, from Lawns Crescent, Little Downham, admitted causing criminal damage to a window in Littleport on October 3.

"He threw gravel at the window, causing it to smash and caused £295 worth of damage," said Mrs Rose.

Solicitor Christina Metcalfe said Coleby admitted he had been reckless when he broke the window.

"I cannot argue that he has not been involved in anti-social behaviour in the past,2 she said. "He accepts he has no reason to carry spray paint."

Coleby admitted breaching a curfew he was given back in August, by failing to comply on October 11, 13 and 17.

Coleby was given a two year supervision order with an education requirement and must pay £100 compensation for the broken window.


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