Guilty plea for graffiti across town

A MAN who spent two years causing racially aggravated criminal damage has pleaded guilty to almost 30 instances of writing graffiti.

Robert Trussler, 54, of Malborough Road, Goring, appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, where a full list of his offences was read.

These included racist graffiti at West Park Schol, writing on pavements, walls and fences, on a Ladbrookes shop front, on the back of road signs, lamp-posts and outside Shafiques Indian restaurant in Goring.

He also wrote on two cars.

The graffiti, which started in November, 2012, was racist in nature and repeatedly used the same phrases.

When Trussler was arrested in February, he was found in the area of some of the criminal damage. He was holding a permanent marker and had black marks on his hands.

A search of his property found a number of items linking him to various instances of racial graffiti.

Trussler told police that he had left school in 1975 and had difficulty finding a job, and he believed immigrants were to blame.

He admitted to feeling a lot of anger.

The deputy district judge ordered a full report to be prepared by June 30, including the value of the criminal damage.

He said: “There is quite clearly a very serious pattern within the offences.”