Interim suppression, bail remand for alleged taggers

Two men allegedly responsible for a spate of large-scale graffiti attacks on city buildings have been granted interim name suppression.

The pair, aged 19 and 20, made a preliminary appearance at a registrar’s list in Gisborne District Court.

Registrars are authorised to grant interim suppression for up to 28 days from an accused’s first appearance date.

The order will expire on October 8. The men will need to apply for any extension of it when they next appear at a judge’s list on September 30. They were remanded on bail.

They have been jointly charged with intentionally damaging walls at nine properties in central Gisborne during a spree of offending between July 30 and September 6.

They were arrested after a volunteer CCTV operator allegedly caught them red-handed damaging a Peel Street building.

One of the most prominent tags during the spree was to a wall at the Marina View Apartments. The paint damage to it was several metres high and clearly visible from the Warehouse carpark.

Other walls damaged by the pair included those at six business premises and on the Gisborne District Council’s historic jail building in Churchill Park and Watson Park toilet block.

In addition to the jointly-laid charges, the 20-year-old has been charged that on September 6 he was in possession of cannabis, a cannabis bong and an offensive weapon — knuckle dusters.

Two men allegedly responsible for a spate of large-scale graffiti attacks on city buildings have been granted interim name suppression.

The pair, aged 19 and 20, made a preliminary appearance at a registrar’s list in Gisborne District Court.

Registrars are authorised to grant interim suppression for up to 28 days from an accused’s first appearance date.

The order will expire on October 8. The men will need to apply for any extension of it when they next appear at a judge’s list on September 30. They were remanded on bail.

They have been jointly charged with intentionally damaging walls at nine properties in central Gisborne during a spree of offending between July 30 and September 6.

They were arrested after a volunteer CCTV operator allegedly caught them red-handed damaging a Peel Street building.

One of the most prominent tags during the spree was to a wall at the Marina View Apartments. The paint damage to it was several metres high and clearly visible from the Warehouse carpark.

Other walls damaged by the pair included those at six business premises and on the Gisborne District Council’s historic jail building in Churchill Park and Watson Park toilet block.

In addition to the jointly-laid charges, the 20-year-old has been charged that on September 6 he was in possession of cannabis, a cannabis bong and an offensive weapon — knuckle dusters.

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