Two teenagers plead guilty to racially aggravated criminal damage

18/11/2014

Two Merseyside teenagers have pleaded guilty to daubing a school with racist graffiti just hours after one of its pupils was found dead.

 At South Sefton Magistrates Court today (18 11 2014) 18-year-old James Coleman, from Netherton and a 17-year-old youth from Bootle pleaded guilty to racially aggravated criminal damage.

The youth can't be named because of his age.

A fifteen year old boy, who was originally from Kenya, was found dead at his home in Liverpool, on Saturday 15 November. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

The following day racist graffiti was found at the school he went to, Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull. Racist remarks were also discovered in Balls Wood Park which is near to the school.

The graffiti was reported to the police. CCTV at the school revealed Coleman and the youth at the scene and they were also seen buying white paint and a paint brush at a local supermarket.

Police found several paint stained items of clothing at the 17 year old's  home address.  He and  Coleman were arrested shortly afterwards.

Coleman will be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on 16 December 2014 and the 17 year old will be sentenced at South Sefton Youth Court on 9 December 2014.

Angela Conlan, who prosecuted the case for Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service, said: "These two teenagers were responsible for painting hugely offensive graffiti at a school that had just lost one of its pupils in tragic circumstances.

"The callousness and cruelty of their actions is almost beyond belief. The suffering of the bereaved family can only be guessed at.

"I'm sure that the community will be truly shocked by what these two did on that day."