Man jailed for NKS attacks
An Exmouth man has been jailed for his part in a graffiti rampage through the centre of the town.
Jamie Luxton, 20, of Courtlands Lane, had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to 11 counts of criminal damage.
The offences occurred on August 4 and August 5 2009, when Luxton, along with two accomplices, went through the town centre carving their ‘NKS’ tag on to shop windows, parked cars and an electrical substation.
Judge Philip Wassall had adjourned Luxton’s case at the previous hearing and urged him to co-operate with the probation service.
However, Luxton then missed his probation appointment, and this, combined with his previous record meant that probation officers were unable to support a suspended sentence.
Judge Wassall, therefore, jailed Luxton for 12 months, to be released after half his sentence.
Sitting at Exeter Crown Court, Judge Wassall told Luxton: “You pleaded guilty to very serious criminal damage, the value of which was �60,000.
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“I adjourned, urging you to co-operate with the requirements of the probation service, and what did you do?
“You failed to attend the appointment on time. I have a report that says taking [the missed appointment] into account, along with your previous poor performance, probation has no confidence you would comply with a community penalty, so there are no grounds to suspend the sentence.”
Luxton’s accomplice, Matthew Carter, 23, had already been handed a suspended 12-month prison sentence and 200 hours unpaid work at an earlier hearing.
The third accomplice, 17, was given a community order by magistrates.