Sunday, January 20, 2013

Urban Studies Professor Claims Amnesia in Attacks on Cars

Polite British vandal guilty of damaging cars

? "Let me see now."

Jan 18 2013 

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.  Neither his politeness nor his claim of being blotto from prescription drugs and alcohol made much of an impression on the Magistrate, however, who accepted his guilty plea and postponed sentencing..
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.

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