Asbo for Graffiti Vandal and Thief

South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales), July 16, 2010 | Go to article overview

Asbo for Graffiti Vandal and Thief


Byline: Lisa Jones

A GRAFFITI menace who left his tags across the city causing thousands of pounds' worth of damage was given a three-year Asbo yesterday.

Moritz Miester, 17,was described as an "habitual" offender with "no intention of stopping".

His tags, "syks", "syksone" and "syks10" are on walls all over Cardiff.

Yesterday, after the Echo applied to a judge at Cardiff Youth Court to have Miester's anonymity lifted, the judge ruled he must be named, adding: "People who commit wholesale vandalism in the community should be knownto the public at large."

The court heard how, in April and May, German-born Miester spread his tags on the glass of the platform at Rhiwbina Railway Station, along the tracks at Cardiff Central station, acrossacash point and on every panel of a white Ford Transit van on Whitchurch Road, Heath.

Miester also plastered them across the rear of Staples onWestern Avenue, andanadjoiningadvertising hoarding, which cost pounds 2,300 to clean up.

The catering college student, of Glan-y-Nant Road, Whitchurch, admitted five charges of causing criminal damage and one of burglary and asked for 57 other offences to be taken into consideration.

Prosecutor Dave Roberts told the court Miester broke into Cardiff High School, obtained keys to two safes in the finance office and stole close to pounds 3,000.

Blood found at the scene was matched to Miester's DNA.

The teenager told District Judge John Charles he "wantedsomemoney formy driving lessons" but ended up "squandering it" within three weeks.

Miester, who was given a referral order in March 2008 for graffiti along the motorway and has been dealt with in Germany for theft, told Judge Charles he wanted to be recognised for hiswork,which he sawas an art form.

Heexplained: "Iwantedto get the tag name up. …

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