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Graffiti Conviction and Sentencing

Today, [Thursday 19 January 2023] the Magistrates Court found 63 year old Ruedi Wragg guilty of three counts of malicious damage for defacing the Climate Mural wall in 2021. He was given a Binding Over Order and ordered to pay compensation and costs.

The offences took place in November and December of 2021 where Wragg used spray paint to deface the climate change mural on the wall at the Waterfront.

On 26 December 2021, police were alerted by a member of the public that someone was spray painting the mural again. Officers were deployed to the scene, where Wragg, who was wearing a motorcycle helmet to avoid being identified, was arrested at 03:20am with spray cans and a step ladder in his possession.

Detective Constable Caroline Foord said: “Unauthorised graffiti is an act of vandalism and Wragg’s actions on these occasions ruined a public piece of art that had to be cleaned up and redesigned at a cost to taxpayers to over £4,000.”

Local artist Ian Rolls, who designed the Climate Mural wall, was commissioned by the Jersey Government to create the artwork to raise awareness of climate change and the rising temperatures recorded locally.

Islanders who see graffiti can report it online via Love Jersey or on the Police website’s dedicated online reporting page

 

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