Teens charged over 'racist' vandalism
POLICE have charged three teenage boys with defacing the statue of Aboriginal Jimmy Crow by painting it white.
The two-metre high statue in Centenary Park, Crows Nest, was vandalised during a spate of wilful damage offences on Sunday, September 4. Racist slogans were spray-painted on a nearby car and shop.
Three 16-year-old boys were arrested on Tuesday night and charged with five counts of wilful damage and four counts of unlawful entry of a motor vehicle.
A police spokesperson claimed the trio also broke a street light, started a small fire in the middle of a road, and broke into a number of cars.
It will be alleged the same white spray-paint used to cover the statue was used to paint the letter N in front of the IGA supermarket sign.
The teenagers will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justices Act and cannot be named.
It is not known if the offenders were Caucasian or Indigenous.
The Chronicle was first to publish the story on Tuesday, which has since been reproduced nationwide and attracted comments from Premier Anna Bligh.
Jimmy Crow was a local legend.
He lived in a hollow tree and provided information and directions to early settlers and bullockies travelling through the area.
The township of Crows Nest was named after him and his rough bush home.
Aboriginal leaders described the incident as "terribly disrespectful".