Tagger to do community service

A tagger must do 100 hours of community service to get a discharge without conviction that will allow him to travel overseas for his sporting career.

Jack Dargan, a skateboarder, has paid for the $2100 damage he did when he scratched graffiti into 33 windows on 14 buses.

He has pleaded guilty to the charges of causing damage by graffiti and also to having spraycans for graffiti. Dargan was aged 17 when he did the damage.

In the Christchurch District Court today, Judge David Saunders said bus companies and property owners were sick of seeing property tagged with scribbles.

The east of Christchurch was rapidly becoming something of a ghetto, and he thought some people had lost hope of rebuilding being done in the area.

Dargan had a special talent and sponsors, and the ability to go further in his chosen sport.

He had potential to travel overseas, but the United States and Canada had an understandably harsh and unforgiving attitude to people who had convictions, he said.

People aged 17 and 18 years were risk-takers and did not worry about the consequences of their offending, he said.

Judge Saunders told Dargan that if he did 100 hours service in an area that would benefit the community, and had evidence of the work he had done by June 28, he would discharge him without conviction.

The Press