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Graffiti artist is back in court after rail network spree

Simon Sutherland, better known as the notorious tagger 'Fista'
Weds 21st Feb 2007

Simon Sutherland, better known as the notorious tagger 'Fista' Weds 21st Feb 2007

Graffiti artist Simon Sunderland – whose ‘Fista’ tag made him notorious in South Yorkshire during the 1990s – has admitted causing £90,000 of damage to the rail network with his new moniker ‘Bloodaxe’.

Sunderland, aged 41, of Queens Road, pleaded guilty to committing criminal damage on the rail network in and around the Sheffield, Rotherham, and Chesterfield areas by joint enterprise from January 2008 to October 2009.

He used the graffiti tag ‘Bloodaxe’, often accompanied by the graffiti crew name tag ‘TPG’, at railway locations throughout South Yorkshire. He is to be sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court tomorrow (Friday).

Sunderland was jailed in 1996 for five years for committing criminal damage to the local rail network using the tag ‘Fista’. The sentence was cut to 21 months on appeal after hundreds of protesters joined a campaign to ‘Free Fista’. He was jailed for 11 weeks by Barnsley magistrates in 2002 for spray-painting the tag ‘Ajax’ on a bridge. He once held a solo art exhibition at a gallery on Ecclesall Road.

 

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