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Rakan Mansouri was seen drawing on a bus stop by gardai

Rakan Mansouri was seen drawing on a bus stop by gardai

Rakan Mansouri was seen drawing on a bus stop by gardai

A body-piercing enthusiast caught scrawling graffiti on a city centre street had black paint on his hands when gardai stopped him, a court has heard.

Rakan Mansouri (30) was seen drawing on a bus stop and as they spoke to him, gardai saw similar black markings on other property in the area.

The case against him was adjourned at Dublin District Court for a full valuation of the clean up of the damage caused.

Mansouri, of Steeplechase Hill, Ratoath, pleaded guilty to criminal damage.

Dublin District Court heard that the incident happened at Abbey Street Lower last February 12.

Gardai on patrol at 2.30am saw the accused drawing on a bus stop with a paint marker.

While speaking to the accused, they saw the same markings on a post box and glass restaurant divider, as well as an advertising board outside a newsagents.

The accused had black paint on his hands.

There was a clean-up fee to remove the graffiti, the court heard.

A garda sergeant said the value of the damage to the bus stop and advertisement board had been estimated at €100, but there was no valuation for the post box or the restaurant divider.

The accused had no previous convictions of any kind, the court heard.

Compensation

Mansouri was intoxicated at the time of the incident, his solicitor Michael French said.

He had taken €200 to court to offer as compensation.

Judge Bryan Smyth said the case would have to be adjourned for a full estimate of the damage, for compensation to be measured.

He adjourned the case to a date later this month, remanding Mansouri on continuing bail.