Man convicted of spray-painting creepy graffiti on the side of the RCJ is banned from the building

Stay away! the court orders

A man from North London has been banned from the High Court after he was found guilty on one charge of criminal damage for spray-painting messages outside the building.

Last autumn, threatening graffiti appeared on the side of the Royal Courts of Justice just weeks before the iconic central London building played host to the Brexit judicial review hearing.

It read “Accept Bribe All the time” (sic) and “if you dont pay we will Kill you” (sic again). A further message read “who ever pays will be happy”.

In October, a 31-year-old man called Puya Nasr Esfahani was charged with criminal damage for his part in RCJ graffiti gate. At the time, Legal Cheek was told the offence for which he was charged allegedly took place on 25 September at 8.20pm.

Esfahani was bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 16 February 2017, where he told the court he has legal problems and had to choose between spraying the graffiti or “grabbing” a lawyer of judge and “stamping on their head”. CourtNewsUK reports that District Judge Margot Coleman said:

Because of the nature of the damaged caused and the location where it was caused this is too serious to be dealt with with a fine a discharge. I am giving you a community order with two requirements for a period of 12 months. I am going to make a residence requirement that you live at the address provided to the court and the other requirement is an exclusion requirement excluding you from the Royal Courts of Justice and the area around the outside of the building.

This isn’t the first time the law courts have fallen foul to opportunistic doodling. Take a look at this piece from the archives, counting down some of the best court building defacement.

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Anonymous

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Granny Grammar

This is a context in which a comma could make all the difference to the meaning of the sentence.

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Honey

Was totally stuck until I read this, now back up and runignn.

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Chieftain Fashven

It’s a gloomin in thae loaming here in Fashven.
See thae pre-teen comments of LC

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Cockney Geezer

It’s straight out of the Grange Hill school magazine , only proper nasty and racist

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Anonymous

Maybe the comments “accept bribe all the time” and “if you dont pay we will kill you”- is lifted straight out of the parties that appear in those courts all the time, and not the hallowed judiciary or political establishment? Or maybe it is directed at them….. i thought the spray paint was a storm in a tea cup, and at the very least made you think a bit about justice and corruption….

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Alla

Nu te supara, dar eu cred ca las esti tu, din moment ce nu faci nimic altceva decat sa formulezi acuze pe un forum care iti asigura anonimatul. De ce nu iei o decizie menita sa duca la verificarea de catre organele abilitate a aspectelor legate de savarsirea unor fapte ilicite de catre persoanele despre care faci vorbire? In rest, putem sa latram cu totii aici pe forumuri, cat timp nu ne asumam nicio reaasnspbilitote pentru ceea ce afirmam, si, in egala masura, situatia nu se va schimba in bine.

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