Vandal pays for sequin obsession
A DRUNK teenager who accessorised an outfit with a sequined appendage she ripped from a Jumpers and Jazz tree jumper has appeared in court to face charges relating to the incident.
Tiayla Jade Carr fronted Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to stealing, wilful damage and contravening a police order.
The court heard 17-year-old Carr was located by police about 2am on July 2 in Grafton St, and they noticed the teen had a blue, sequined piece of material draped around her neck.
It was heard she admitted to taking the piece from the tree and said she had no intention of returning it.
The police prosecutor told the court the tie-dyed material had been forcefully removed from the tree and in doing so, Carr had damaged the overall effect of the design.
Carr was also directed by officers to present herself to the police station within seven days and also failed to report during the specified times.
Defence counsel for Carr said she was alone when she committed the offences and she was affected by alcohol at the time.
He went on to say the teen was remorseful for her destructive behaviour and now appreciates the work that goes into the displays.
During sentencing Magistrate Anne Thacker chastised Carr for misbehaving during the winter festival, telling her cultural activities such as Jumpers and Jazz need to be protected against “people like you who want to destroy it”.
Ms Thacker sentenced Carr to 70 hours of community service to be completed within 12 months.
Carr was convicted but not further punished for contravening the police order.