“In the early evening, a young man came to the local police department, who got to know the footage in the media and confessed to spraying the bridge. We also know the identity of the girl from the published footage who was with him. Since they are both teenagers, the law does not allow further information to be provided, “the police informed.
The court can punish the crime of damaging another’s property by up to three years in prison, juveniles face lower sentences if they are found guilty. The damage that occurred at one of the most famous monuments in the Czech Republic was preliminarily estimated at 100,000 crowns.
Police announced this morning that they wanted to interrogate a man and a woman, who they found on camera recordings, due to the painting of the bridge signs. She didn’t say if she suspected them directly of spraying the bridge. At noon, she published their footage from the cameras and called on citizens to share any information about the young couple on line 158. She did not rule out that they were foreigners, so she also asked the staff of the accommodation facilities for help.
The police have been dealing with the case since Friday, when inscriptions in English spray-painted in non-washable turquoise appeared on a part of Charles Bridge. They are on a part of a stone railing, on the pedestal of the statue of St. Augustine and on lamp stands.
Graffiti from Charles Bridge this afternoon began to remove the restorer called by the Technical Administration of Roads. He estimated that he would finish the job in a matter of days. He had removed vandalisms from sprayers from the oldest bridge in the metropolis several times, but described the case as the most extensive so far. The man told reporters that when removing graffiti, it was important to start as soon as possible.
In recent months, this is not an isolated case, the last damage by the so-called tag is recorded by the Technical Administration of Roads on the stairs at the turn of May and June.
The bridge was sprayed by vandals in the past. Last December, the Prague City Court upheld a one-year suspended sentence against a German tourist, Benjamin Wittig, who, together with his brother Niclas Steiger, spray-painted one of the pillars of Charles Bridge in the summer of 2019. He also left foreigners a hundred thousand fine and deportation for five years.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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