Professor to be sentenced for 'very silly' graffiti
A university professor will be sentenced today for scratching polite graffiti on luxury cars causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Stephen Graham, who had been drinking, admitted attacking the cars, which included a Mercedes and an Audi, near his home in Newcastle last August.
He used a screwdriver to scratch the words "very silly", "really wrong" and "arbitrary" onto cars, among other messages.
The 47-year-old, who works at the city's university as an expert in cities and society, admitted four counts and asked for 23 similar offences to be taken into consideration when he appeared in January at Newcastle Crown Court.
It was said he had no recollection of what happened, although at a previous hearing he blamed a bad reaction to alcohol, antibiotics and prescription drugs for his behaviour.