Sunday 23 October 2016

Train graffiti plan was part of pals' 'art project'

Ricardo Albert of Cork and David O’Hara of Raheny
Ricardo Albert of Cork and David O’Hara of Raheny

A young man kicked an Iarnrod Eireann security worker in the head after he and a friend were prevented from spraying graffiti on a train as part of an "artistic project".

Ricardo Albert (26) assaulted the worker who caught and chased the pair during an anti-graffiti "sting".

Both Albert and his friend, David O'Hara (23), had intended spraying designs on a train and photographing their work in what was a "shared passion".

Dublin District Court heard graffiti was a serious problem for the company, and its removal was costing at least €250,000 a year.

Judge James Faughnan adjourned the case and told both men to pay compensation and volunteer for clean-up work with Irish Rail.

O'Hara, a student at the National College of Art and Design, and Albert, a barista, pleaded guilty to trespassing.

Albert, of Gerard Griffith Street, Cork, also admitted assault.

Gda Mark Dennehy said the accused were caught on the main Dublin to Cork railway in Inchicore. Trains had to be stopped as the line was active.

Security chased them down the line and saw them discarding cans of spray paint.


The worker pulled Albert and O'Hara from a wall they were trying to jump over. Albert kicked the man in the head in an effort to get away. He was bruised and was off work for a week.

O'Hara, of Raheny Park, Raheny, had just finished his degree, said his lawyer, Donal Pattison.

He had wanted to take "long exposure shots down the railway tracks", Mr Pattison said.

Iarnrod Eireann works manager Joe Sullivan and contracts manager Stephen Jones said there were weekly graffiti "tagging" incidents.

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