Queensland

'Brisbane's Banksy' found guilty of graffiti

A prominent Queensland street artist dubbed "Brisbane's Banksy" has been found guilty of wilful damage by graffiti after he painted several sites across the city without permission.

36-year-old Anthony Lister argued he didn't intend to damage five sites he painted across Brisbane between 2009 and 2014, saying he had blessed the property with his well-known work.

However, he was found guilty on one charge of wilful damage by graffiti in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this afternoon.

The charge was brought by Brisbane City Council, which has previously commissioned Lister to paint traffic signal boxes across the city.

Lister will be sentenced on Thursday afternoon.

His lawyer, Stewart Levitt, told the court his client had offered to pay $440 to BCC to cover the cost of painting over his work as well as a $4560 donation to promote street art in the city "in accordance with the council's own priorities".

AAP

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