Teen graffiti vandal ordered to roll up his shirt sleeves

COURT-ordered parole was not enough to get one teen back on track, with the young vandal causing more than $13,000 damage to a Warwick icon just weeks later.

Julian David James Huth was sentenced to nine months jail for assault and break and enter when he appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court in October.

Despite being sentenced to jail, he was placed on immediate parole and allowed to walk free from the court.

Later that month, he and two other offenders set off on a graffiti spree, hitting local homes and businesses.

The worst of the damage was when the trio hit the iconic Warwick Railway station and slopped graffiti onto its sandstone walls.

Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan this week told the court, it is estimated the cost to remove the paint without damaging the sandstone would be about $13,000.

Huth and his cohorts also tagged a steam train carriage and it took a band of volunteers two days to remove the mess, just before a passenger trip to Wallangarra.

The trio also spray painted houses, grandstands, toilet blocks and other buildings.

The court this week heard the 18-year-old was taken into custody on January 16, when he returned a positive urine test, and has remained behind bars since then.

Solicitor Daniel Habermann told the court his client was supported by "his long-suffering mother" who had "clipped his wings severely".

He added that his client had experienced a rough time during the past month.

"His time in custody has been very unhappy, shall we say," he said.

Huth this week pleaded guilty to eight charges of wilful damage, three of trespass and one of breach of bail.

Magistrate Graham Lee told the teenager he believed the most fitting punishment would be for him to roll up his sleeves and give back to the community.

Huth was ordered to complete 165 hours of community service within the next 12 months.

The Warwick teenager also pleaded guilty to stealing alcohol, ice-cream, sunglasses and a fire extinguisher from Maryborough businesses in 2011.

He was convicted but not further punished for those offences.



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