Man convicted for damaging painting of the Queen

08/01/2014

Tim Haries, 42, was convicted for criminal damage today at Southwark Crown Court. He sprayed paint onto a portrait of the Queen by Ralph Heimans entitled The Coronation Theatre: A Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey on 13 June 2013. He will be sentenced on 5 February.

Baljit Ubhey, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "This was a deliberately planned attack on a prominent piece of artwork in the renowned location of Westminster Abbey.

"On 13 June 2013 Haries bought a ticket to the Abbey, concealed a can of spray paint in his jacket and then climbed over a barrier to spray the painting.

"He claimed that his actions were in support of the campaign group 'Fathers 4 Justice' but that is, of course, no excuse for the £7,300 damage caused.

"Instead of choosing any one of numerous legitimate and lawful ways of expressing any views he had, he instead chose to deface a piece of art displayed for the enjoyment of others."