A graffiti vandal who caused more than £1,700 damage to businesses in Colchester has been banned from the town centre.
Jamal Durant-Inniss sprayed tags including Loster, Sense, Dyla and Lost, on at least 16 shops and businesses over the last two months.
He was first arrested on 12 May again on 18 May. But he continued to offend while released under investigation, failed to answer bail and was further arrested on 18 June.
The 24-year-old was charged with 16 counts of criminal damage and one of having spray cans with intent to cause damage to property.
Durant-Inniss, of Wimpole Road, Colchester, admitted the offences at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on 19 June.
He was sentenced today, Wednesday 3 July, to a 12-month community order including rehabilitation. He was also ordered to pay compensation to the victims.
Magistrates also granted an application for a criminal behaviour order, which bans him from entering the town centre at any time except for a pre-agreed legal, medical or professional appointment.
He is also banned from having aerosol cans, marker pens or other items used for graffiti, in a public place.
The order will last for two years.
Sergeant Martin Willsher, of the Colchester Town Proactive Team, said: “He showed a total disregard for the hardworking people who run these businesses, who had to pay more than £1,700 to clean off his graffiti.
“He also showed a blatant disregard for the law and judicial system.”