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Appeals Court Reduces Fine in Graffiti Case

The Helsinki Court of Appeal has reduced damages owed by 22-year-old Helsinki man convicted of graffiti vandalism. The Helsinki District Court had previously sentenced the man to a six month conditional sentence and around 10,000 euros in damages for vandalising trains, trams, metro cars and buildings in Helsinki.

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The court upheld the conditional prison sentence.

Finnish State Railways VR had previously calculated that removing the graffiti from trains would cost three times the amount of cleaning trams. The court decided to reduce the fine.

In the autumns of 2007 and 2008, the man had scrawled his tag on trains, trams and metro cars. He had also sprayed a number of apartment buildings in the Kallio district of Helsinki. The Appeals Court did not reduce the fine for the graffiti of the buildings.

The man was charged with 92 offences in the Appeals Court. Six of the charges were thrown out. He pleaded guilty to most of the charges.

Sources: YLE

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