Polite British vandal guilty of damaging carsJanuary 18, 2013 @ 8:19 am
LONDON (AP) - A British professor who specializes in cities and urban life has been convicted of damaging luxury cars with graffiti that was surprisingly polite.
Stephen Graham was found guilty Friday of using a screwdriver to scrawl inoffensive words such as "very silly," "really wrong" and "arbitrary" into the paintwork of vehicles including a Mercedes, an Audi, and a Volvo.
Prosecutors said the spree caused 18,000 pounds ($29,000) in damage.
Graham, who teaches at Newcastle University in northeast England, pleaded guilty to criminal damage at Newcastle Crown Court.
Graham's lawyer said the 47-year-old academic had no recollection of his August vandalism spree. Graham previously blamed a bad reaction to alcohol, antibiotics and prescription drugs for his behavior.
Judge James Gos said he would sentence Graham next month.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Concertgoers are crying foul after missing the Journey-Steve Miller show for a traffic jam
Seeking a Sequel
Danny O'Neil has 3 things things to watch for as the Seahawks start training camp
As crews battle multiple wildfires, we take a look back at the at fire prevention's spokesbear
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.