Alleged graffiti gang denied bail

MEMBERS of an alleged graffiti gang believed to have travelled to Gympie for the purpose of spray painting trains at Gympie North Station have been denied bail in Gympie Magistrates Court.

Jake Eliot Mahony, 20, of Sunset Drive, Noosa Heads, was remanded in custody to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday to face 24 charges of wilful damage by graffiti and a number of other offences under the Transport Infrastructure Act.

The court heard that while on bail for these offences, Mahony, another male and a female co-offender, left Noosa on the morning of July 29 and arrived in Gympie at about 2am.

It was alleged they drove to the end of a dirt road, left their vehicle and walked on foot towards the Gympie North Railway Station where they sprayed a number of rail carriages on the daily Gympie-to-Brisbane passenger train, causing a total damage of $2341.00.

It was alleged Mahony and co-offenders Dimitri Nowikow, 19, of Dalton Street, Epping, and Jess Thomas Layton, 26, of Sunset Drive, Noosa, then walked along the railway line and painted more graffiti on pylons under a road bridge before they got to Gympie Sale Yards and left ‘tags' on the front wall and on the side of a utilities building.

All three were remanded in custody charged with two counts of wilful damage by graffiti, a trespass offence and for possession of graffiti instruments. Nowikow and Layton will appear in Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday.

Gympie Times

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