Sidcup graffiti artist convicted after seven-year spree

PUBLISHED: 17:40 15 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:45 15 April 2013

A Sidcup grafitti artist has been convicted after a seven-year spree across the south-east of England following a retrial.

Kristian Holmes, 32, was found guilty by a jury at Blackfriars crown court following a five-week trial on Friday (12).

They found him guilty of 38 counts of criminal damage after it was estimated he caused £250,000 worth of damage between 2003 and 2010, mostly on trains and station walls.

Holmes was also convicted of perverting the course of justice. The first jury failed to reach a verdict following a six-week trial which ended last July.

The accounts manager was first arrested outside Cafe 101 in Brick Lane in July 2009, but he claimed he was just looking at the graffiti. He was released without charge despite having three spray cans on him.

But Holmes’ house was raided and an array of graffiti gear was found by British Transport Police officers, including spray cans and nozzles, high visibility jackets, cameras and right-hand gloves.

Another member of the graffiti gang he belonged to, 29-year-old Matthew Mandell, was sentenced to nine months in jail and given a five-year Asbo for criminal damage in 2010.

Holmes was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing in the same court on May 17.

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