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Professor scawled pooite graffiti on luxury cars

Professor scawled pooite graffiti on luxury cars

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A university professor has been convicted of scrawling polite graffiti on luxury cars causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Stephen Graham, 47, who is a specialist in cities and urban life at Newcastle Universit and is a graduate of Southampton University, today pleaded guilty to the wrecking spree.

He used a screwdriver to scratch words such as ''very silly'', ''really wrong'' and ''arbitrary'' on to vehicles in the Jesmond area of Newcastle.

Graham admitted four counts of damaging cars, at Newcastle Crown Court, and asked for 23 similar offences to be taken into consideration.

At an earlier hearing the value of the damage stood at almost £18,000. The cars included a Mercedes, an Audi, a Volvo and a Mitsubishi.

The spree took place in August last year when residents of Northumberland Gardens woke up to find the polite phrases etched into the paintwork of their cars.

Graham, who lives on a nearby street, was later arrested and charged.

The professor, based at Newcastle University's school of architecture, planning and landscape, previously blamed a bad reaction to alcohol, antibiotics and prescription drugs for his behaviour and said he could not remember what happened.

Julian Smith, defending, said: ''He has no recollection of the course of events that night.''

A graduate of Southampton University, he has previously held lecturing positions at Durham University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Judge James Gos QC said Graham would be sentenced on February 25 to give time for pre-sentence reports to be conducted.

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4:00pm Fri 18 Jan 13

bazzeroz says...

What the hell is 'POOITE' graffiti?? This 'paper' gets worse by the second!
What the hell is 'POOITE' graffiti?? This 'paper' gets worse by the second! bazzeroz
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4:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Stillness says...

One more example that intelligence is not related to wisdom. What a Muppet.
One more example that intelligence is not related to wisdom. What a Muppet. Stillness
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4:57pm Fri 18 Jan 13

The Wickham Man says...

Keeping with the theme he is clearly a total onanist who has made something of a vulva of himself to boot.
Keeping with the theme he is clearly a total onanist who has made something of a vulva of himself to boot. The Wickham Man
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7:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13

TheMysterycat says...

If someone was going to 'write' on my car, I'd prefer they scratch something pleasant. 'Postulation' is one of my favorite words for example Stephen.
If someone was going to 'write' on my car, I'd prefer they scratch something pleasant. 'Postulation' is one of my favorite words for example Stephen. TheMysterycat
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7:36pm Fri 18 Jan 13

richieroo says...

You know you're deep into a recession when a Mitsubishi is described as a 'luxury' car lmfao!!.
You know you're deep into a recession when a Mitsubishi is described as a 'luxury' car lmfao!!. richieroo
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7:47pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Linesman says...

The Wickham Man wrote:
Keeping with the theme he is clearly a total onanist who has made something of a vulva of himself to boot.
Why would anyone want to boot a vulva?
[quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: Keeping with the theme he is clearly a total onanist who has made something of a vulva of himself to boot.[/p][/quote]Why would anyone want to boot a vulva? Linesman
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8:37pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Lockssmart says...

TheMysterycat wrote:
If someone was going to 'write' on my car, I'd prefer they scratch something pleasant. 'Postulation' is one of my favorite words for example Stephen.
Or sphincter
[quote][p][bold]TheMysterycat[/bold] wrote: If someone was going to 'write' on my car, I'd prefer they scratch something pleasant. 'Postulation' is one of my favorite words for example Stephen.[/p][/quote]Or sphincter Lockssmart
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9:28pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Huffter says...

Lockssmart wrote:
TheMysterycat wrote: If someone was going to 'write' on my car, I'd prefer they scratch something pleasant. 'Postulation' is one of my favorite words for example Stephen.
Or sphincter
What sort of sphincter were you thinking of - there are more than 50 types in a human body........
[quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheMysterycat[/bold] wrote: If someone was going to 'write' on my car, I'd prefer they scratch something pleasant. 'Postulation' is one of my favorite words for example Stephen.[/p][/quote]Or sphincter[/p][/quote]What sort of sphincter were you thinking of - there are more than 50 types in a human body........ Huffter
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9:36pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Lockssmart says...

Huffter wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
TheMysterycat wrote: If someone was going to 'write' on my car, I'd prefer they scratch something pleasant. 'Postulation' is one of my favorite words for example Stephen.
Or sphincter
What sort of sphincter were you thinking of - there are more than 50 types in a human body........
Glisson's
[quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheMysterycat[/bold] wrote: If someone was going to 'write' on my car, I'd prefer they scratch something pleasant. 'Postulation' is one of my favorite words for example Stephen.[/p][/quote]Or sphincter[/p][/quote]What sort of sphincter were you thinking of - there are more than 50 types in a human body........[/p][/quote]Glisson's Lockssmart
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11:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13

gladbachsaint says...

Well if i caught him politely writing polite graffiti on my car i would politely ask him to remove his spectacles and politely bust his nose.
Well if i caught him politely writing polite graffiti on my car i would politely ask him to remove his spectacles and politely bust his nose. gladbachsaint
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2:58pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Subject48 says...

how random! (has no recolection of the night... I hear meth is hell of a drug!
how random! (has no recolection of the night... I hear meth is hell of a drug! Subject48
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3:24pm Sat 19 Jan 13

aldermoorboy says...

Sack him
Sack him aldermoorboy
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9:52am Fri 25 Jan 13

Justice_04 says...

Making luxury vehicles a mass market product demands the proper price. Not coincidentally, several automakers are bringing the luxury price nearer to the $30,000 barrier. Consumers are taking the bait. Check more here.
Making luxury vehicles a mass market product demands the proper price. Not coincidentally, several automakers are bringing the luxury price nearer to the $30,000 barrier. Consumers are taking the bait. Check more here. Justice_04
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