41-year-old Kapiti tagger sentenced

23:59, Nov 01 2012

A 41-year-old Kapiti man who caused $10,000 in damage tagging trains has been sentenced today.

Paraparaumu resident Dax Barton pleaded guilty to a charge of intentional damage for tagging trains at the Waikanae railway station stabling yard between May 29 and July 26.

He also pleaded guilty to four other charges including theft.

Judge Jan Kelly said at the Porirua District Court today the cost to repair damage made by Barton's actions was close to $10,000, not to mention the time it cost staff to remove the tagging and search CCTV footage to catch him.

The judge acknowledged Barton had made some positive changes to his life in the past few months and also took in to account his early guilty plea.

Barton was sentenced to eight months' home detention and 200 hours' community work.

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He was also sentenced to a total of five months' home detention, to be served concurrently, and will pay reparation for his other charges.

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