Victoria graffiti charges allow alternative to trial

Prosecutors decide alternative measures program more appropriate

Tage Koropecki, 21, will likely be spared facing five counts of mischief if he completes an alternative measures program laid out by Crown prosecutors.

Koropecki is charged with five counts of mischief for spray painting a variety of sites in Victoria, including the Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial in Pioneer Square, property belonging to Christ Church Cathedral school and a door at Mount Edwards Court care home in November 2011.

With the original trial set for this month, prosecutors decided an alternative measures program was more appropriate. It requires the accused to accept responsibility then complete a required series of steps to atone for the crime. Those can include apologies, community service and paying restitution.

“(It’s) similar to the terms one might find on a probation order, but it’s done as an alternative measure, outside of the court system itself,” Crown spokesperson Neil MacKenzie said.

Details on Koropecki’s alternative measures are not available. If he successfully completes the program, Crown will likely dismiss the charges.