Woman's graffiti spree in Chester city centre


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A WOMAN who caused thousands of pounds worth of damage when she daubed graffiti across Chester and Ellesmere Port has been given an 18 month community order.

Jami Kaysen, 33, of Brookhurst Avenue, Bromborough, pleaded guilty at an earlier
hearing to four counts of criminal damage and asked for a further 33 counts to be taken into account during sentencing.

West Cheshire Magistrates Court heard how Kaysen travelled to Chester and Ellesmere Port over a three month period and scrawled the word ‘JAKA’, her
nickname, in black ink on various buildings across the city.

Prosecuting, Rob Youds, said that on July 7 graffiti was reported on the Chester Rows in white ink which damaged railings and a pillar which cost Cheshire West and Chester Council £120 to repair.

On August 13 Claire House Hospice shop on Frodsham Street, reported graffiti on a sign which cost £286 to remove. On August 28 the Chester City Club reported graffiti on a sandstone pillar on their historic listed building which needed a stonemason to remove costing £500. And on November 28 Chester Cathedral reported damage to a window sill on a property belonging to them in Abbey Square which cost £250 to repair.

Mr Youds said that Kaysen was caught on December 7 when she was spotted in Abbey Square in Chester and was arrested by police. Police then searched her address and found a number of stickers with JAKA written on and large amounts of black ink and stencils.

Mr Youds said Kaysen was interviewed by police and she admitted the offences and said she came to Chester because she knew the area after going to college in the city.

In the police interview she also said she didn’t see a problem with the graffiti because there was advertising everywhere and she was just writing her nickname.

Mr Youds said that Kaysen told police she had been drinking before committing all of the offences and could not remember where all of the ‘tags’ were.

In mitigation, Stephen Fearns, said Kaysen was suffering from a number of mental health issues such as depression and agoraphobia and said she needed to work with probation to begin to tackle the issues.

Mr Fearns said Kaysen felt genuine remorse for her actions and said she now realises the damage which she had caused to the buildings in the city.

Magistrates gave her an 18 month community order with supervision, a six month alcohol treatment requirement and a three month curfew from 7pm to 7am and ordered to pay £1,156 in compensation.

Magistrates also granted a CRASBO – a criminal anti-social behaviour order – which prohibits Kaysen from carrying anything in public in England or Wales which could be used for graffiti for five years.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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