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Hundreds rally for dead graffiti artist

PUBLISHED: 17:49 23 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:40 12 August 2010

ORGANISERS of a protest following the death of a graffiti artist in custody estimated that 200 people turned out in support.

ORGANISERS of a protest following the death of a graffiti artist in custody estimated that 200 people turned out in support.

Campaigners against custodial sentences for graffiti artists and other petty crimes congregated outside the Royal Courts of Justice last Saturday from 12 noon.

The event was organised by friends less than a week after the death of Tom Collister, 23, from West Wickham who was jailed for 30 months on October 10, last year.

Mr Collister, also known by his 'tag' name Skeam, was found hanging in his cell in HMP Camp Hill on Sunday, February 8, days a judge at the Royal Courts of Justice reduced his sentence by 10 months.

A spokesman for Free JKS said: "Considering most people only had a couple of days notice and it was Valentine's Day, there was a good turn out of about 200 people over the duration of the protest.

"It was quite a sombre affair with no raised voices or tempers."

The spokesman said more demonstrations are planned to raise awareness of a Downing Street petition calling for an end of custodial sentencing for young graffiti artists.

Blogger The London Vandal said: "The turn out was good and big names as well as non-writers showed up to make their opinions known. Skeam's memory was respected with a peaceful but powerful demonstration."

Mr Collister was sentenced for his part in causing £60,000 worth of damage to trains as part of the Just Kant Stop (JKS) and Forever Doing Crime crew, according to the British Transport Police.

His co-defendants Darren Austin, 21, from Beckenham, Joshua Piehl, 19, from Tunbridge Wells and William Setzdempsey, 19, from Uckfield remain in custody after their appeal failed.

An investigation into Mr Collister's death is ongoing.

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