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Wednesday, Sep 1, 2010
Defendant/Suspect: Bruin Robert Carlsson
A Brisbane man who caused more than $50,000 graffiti damage was caught after he sprayed the face of a barking dog while tagging near his yard.
Bruin Robert Carlsson, 25, was arrested after the dog's owner called police in September 2010, the Brisbane District Court was told on Friday.
His arrest brought to an end a vandalism spree that ran for almost four years and cost taxpayers more than $50,000 in clean-up charges.
The court was told Carlsson wrote the tag "Pawn" more than 330 times on trains, fences, trees, bus stops and park benches around Brisbane's northside.
He sprayed the dog on the final day of his offending, causing the animal pain and discomfort but no lasting injuries.
Carlsson pleaded guilty to 11 counts of wilful damage by graffiti and one of animal cruelty.
Judge Greg Koppenol sentenced him to 18 months' jail and ordered he serve four months behind bars.
Judge Koppenol said jail time was necessary to send a message to the public that such behavior would not be tolerated.
"Courts take a very dim view of anyone who engages in animal cruelty," he said.
"Also, graffiti is an appalling blot on the appearance of our city, and it's people like you that derive so much fun from this type of behavior that made our beautiful city look messy."
Carlsson will be subject to parole upon his release.