Dismissed: the case of the Fathers4Justice campaigner and the disfigured 'Hay Wain'
A Fathers4Justice campaigner who was arrested on suspicion of gluing a 4in photograph of a boy to an oil painting by John Constable has had his case thrown out by the Crown Court.
Paul Manning, 57, faced one count of damaging property after the photograph was glued to The Hay Wain in the National Gallery. The word “Help” was written on the photograph.
But Judge McCreath told London’s Southwark Crown Court that an expert had concluded that the damage had simply brought forward the painting’s planned restoration, costing £3,436 rather than the £30,000 the prosecution had originally said. He said: “I’m simply quashing the indictment. End of. The matter must take its course elsewhere.” Mr Manning’s case will now be sent to Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
The Hay Wain is one of the country’s most recognisable works of art. The attack took place in June, a fortnight after a painting of the queen by Ralph Heimans was vandalised with spraypaint in Westminster Abbey in what was believed to be a Fathers4Justice protest.
Shortly after the attack, Fathers4Justice founder Matt O’Connor said he would “destroy 10,000 Hay Wains” for the cause of access to children.
Music Why this music festival is still the place to spot the next big thing
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 East 17 bandmember Brian Harvey in 'very desperate situation’
- 2 Is this bridge haunted by the ghost of nu rave?
- 3 Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
- 4 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 5 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
Britain's first cinema flickers back to life following £6m refurbishment
A historian gave the most British look of despair when someone screwed up Richard III's birthday at his reburial
James May hints Top Gear days are over following Jeremy Clarkson's BBC exit
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
James May hints he will not continue on Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers