Graffiti vandal pays for defacing pole: Rockingham

GRAFFITI damage to a power pole and street sign cost a man more than $1300 in fines and court costs when he appeared in Rockingham Magistrates court last Friday .

Troy Glenn Stubbs pleaded guilty at Rockingham Magistrates Court to three charges of damage and one of possessing cannabis.

The prosecutor said the offences occurred sometime between April 1 and 17, where the word ‘ripper’ was written with white spraypaint on a power pole on Council Avenue.

Two bus signs also had the same word written on them, but with a black marker pen.

Police said a warrant-authorised search of Stubbs’s house found loose cannabis material and he also confessed to causing the damage.

Counsel for Stubbs said the facts were accepted and that his client had wanted to engage in victim mediation but it was not available at Rockingham.

Magistrate Geoff Lawrence said Stubbs needed intervention to stop his behaviour due to his prior record.

“Just don’t go drawing things on poles, it is not pleasant to look at,” he said.

“It makes people uncomfortable, especially elderly people (who) feel law and order is out the window.”

He was ordered to pay $225 in reparation for damage to the pole and was sentenced to fines totalling $1100 for all charges.