Josef’s gold postbox vandal spared jail

JAIL WARNING ... vandal Nathan Geary.
JAIL WARNING ... vandal Nathan Geary.

A GRAFFITI vandal who scrawled on a postbox painted gold in honour of Paralympic champ Josef Craig was warned today that he could have been jailed.

Nathan Geary pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal damage at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court last week, and was back before the court today for sentencing.

The 21-year-old daubed his ‘tag’ ‘nopom’ on the postbox in Grange Road Jarrow, which was painted after 15-year-old Josef won the gold in the Men’s S7 400m freestyle at last month’s London games.

Geary, of Wilkinson Court, Jarrow, also vandalised the nearby Tunnel Club, cars and houses in the surrounding streets during his graffiti spree.

He was back before magistrates today and was given 12 months’ community order with supervision and 100 hours’ unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £1,000 compensation.

Chairman of the bench Russell Hewitson, told him: “We were thinking of whether you should get a custodial sentence, but after careful consideration we decided against it. You showed a complete lack of respect for someone from this area who carried out a great achievement.”