A UTTOXETER boxer and star of Channel Four’s Repo Men hired to daub a couple’s home with ‘appalling’ graffiti has escaped going straight to jail.
Heavyweight Reece ‘Rampage’ Jones, of Davies Drive, plastered the victim’s home with false allegations using a sticky substance that would not wash off.
Stafford Crown Court heard that Kenneth Mair and wife Jayne had been the victim of an ongoing vendetta.
Nick Burn, prosecuting, said there was ‘no substance whatsoever’ to the words painted on the house, but ‘it fits in with a sustained campaign of harassment’.
Someone else was also involved but Jones refuses to divulge their identity.
Jones, who admitted a charge of criminal damage, was given 16 months jail term suspended for two years, ordered to to 150 hours unpaid community work and to pay Mr Mair £400 compensation with £600 court costs.
Recorder Rachel Brand QC told the 26-year-old: “Someone else used you, now you are here on your own to pay the penalty for it. What a fool.
“What you did to this man’s home was appalling, creeping up in the dead of night, daubing insults in a sticky material difficult to remove, which come daylight would have been seen by anyone passing by. “You had no grievance with this man, in effect being paid to do it. You were told the debt of £1,000 you owed would be wiped out.”
The judge added it had been a close call whether to send him straight to jail.
He said: “You have devoted your energies to raising money for charities. It is very sad to see you here today.”
The judge also imposed a restraining order banning Jones from contacting the Mairs or going near their home.
The attack on the house, a £250,000 property in Heath Hayes, Cannock, took place on April 24 last year.
Mr Burn said: “During the police investigation, the defendant maintained no comment. It is plain that [Mr Mair] has his own very strongly held views as to responsibility.
“That person has not been placed before the court. This particular incident is extremely unpleasant. There was a degree of planning and premeditation on the part of both individuals involved.
“Of particular impact were the words used. It is quite plain that there is no substance whatsoever to the assertion that the victim is in any way responsible for any crime or misbehaviour.”
Mr Mair, a 60-year-old development manager, finally managed to get rid of the graffiti using ‘elbow grease’.
Rashad Mohammed, defending, said it was clear Mr Mair had ongoing difficulties with his neighbours for a long time.
He said: “This defendant has no grievance with him, he had no knowledge of those ongoing problems. Someone else has asked him to do their dirty work for them.”
Jones, who has a partner and young child, was a boxer who did voluntary work teaching youngsters to box, added Mr Mohammed.