Graffiti teen hit with $11,500 fine

A teenager has been ordered to pay more than $11,500 after vandalising two Launceston retail stores.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Ewan Crawford said he had contemplated giving the 18-year-old a suspended jail term but decided against it because of his age.

The teenager, who cannot be named because he was underage at the time of the crimes, graffitied parts of Launceston’s Myer building and Harris Scarfe in the Brisbane Street Mall more than a year ago.

The court heard he’s painted his “crew’s” tag on the walls for notoriety and as an example of street art.

Justice Crawford ordered he pay more than $10,000 compensation to the retailers and fined him $1500.

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