Frustrated Artist Ordered To Pay Compensation After Spray Painting Soham Pavilion
TEENAGE graffiti artist Tobias Badcock has been ordered to pay �50 compensation to Soham Town Council, after admitting he used silver paint to decorate the town s pavilion in Fountain Lane. CCTV recorded the 19-year-old former art student in the act, Ely
TEENAGE graffiti artist Tobias Badcock has been ordered to pay �50 compensation to Soham Town Council, after admitting he used silver paint to decorate the town's pavilion in Fountain Lane.
CCTV recorded the 19-year-old former art student in the act, Ely magistrates were told, and he was recognised on film by a police community support officer.
When arrested, Badcock said he painted the pavilion as a "form of release."
Badcock, of Guntons Close, Soham, admitted causing criminal damage to a window at the pavilion on November 5, and breaching the terms of his current community order, imposed for offences of assault and possessing a class C drug.
"He did express remorse, he said his personal life was hard, and he had been through a difficult time," said solicitor Nicholas Barnes.
"He said it was artistic; he had been undertaking an art and design course at Cambridge Regional College, but could not continue because of financial problems."
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If Badcock had finished his art course, he could have fulfilled his ambition to go to university, added Mr Barnes.
"He caused the damage because it was a release from the stress he was under.
The court ordered Badcock to carry out 216 hours of unpaid work alongside his new 12-month supervision order.