Thursday 25 December 2014

Man accused of 
art damage calls judge a ‘tramp’

Eimear Cotter

Published 16/05/2014 | 07:08

Andrew Shannon who appeared in Cloverhill Court on 15/5/2014 on a charge relating to damage to paintings in the Shelbourne Hotel
Andrew Shannon who appeared in Cloverhill Court on 15/5/2014 on a charge relating to damage to paintings in the Shelbourne Hotel
Artist Felim Egan had his work slashed in The Shelbourne Hotel.

A DUBLIN man facing trial for destroying two paintings in the Shelbourne Hotel turned on a judge after he was refused bail, shouting “f**k you, f**k you, you tramp. I hope you die of a heart attack”.

Andrew Shannon (48) is accused of damaging the paintings, worth a combined €28,000, by Irish artist Felim Egan, which were on display in an upstairs reception room in the Shelbourne.

A court heard garda concerns that Shannon posed a “threat to public displays of artwork” should he be released.

Judge Victor Blake refused bail and remanded Shannon in custody pending a Circuit Court trial.

Abuse

As Shannon was led away by prison officers, he shouted: “I think this is very unfair. It’s a kangaroo court”.

He added: “It’s an absolute stitch-up”.

Referring to the prosecuting garda, he said: “That dirty b*****d charged me for something I didn’t do”.

Shannon also said to a State solicitor: “You, I hope you lose your baby, you b*tch”.

And to Judge Blake he said: “I’m finished with this court. F**k you, you tramp, I hope you die of a heart attack.”

When his lawyer applied for free legal aid, Shannon said: “I couldn’t give a f**k about your legal aid.”

The accused, of Willans Way, Ongar, Dublin 15, was before Cloverhill District Court charged with criminal damage at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel on January 8.

A State solicitor said the DPP had directed trial on indictment in the Circuit Court on the charges. She said the book of evidence had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Garda Cathal Feely objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charges.

Gda Feely said it will be alleged that Shannon damaged two paintings by Irish artist Felim Egan.

The large paintings, entitled Morning Strand and Evening Strand are valued at €28,000 and were in the hotel’s Adam and Deirdre Suite.

EVIDENCE

The garda claimed the paintings were damaged beyond repair. He said hotel staff will give evidence that the paintings were in perfect order at 5pm on January 8 and were noticeably damaged by 7pm.

The garda claimed the Shelbourne’s head of security has viewed CCTV footage, and Shannon and another man are the only two who enter the suite between 2pm and 7pm.

Defence lawyer Hugh O’Connor claimed the evidence against Shannon was circumstantial and he was not arrested at the scene.

Mr O’Connor said Shannon was willing to abide by any bail conditions, and stay out of certain areas.

Mr O’Connor said Shannon has a partner and a young daughter.

He had a quadruple heart bypass last year and is still receiving medical treatment.

Judge Blake refused bail and sent Shannon forward for trial in custody.

As he was being led away, Shannon started shouting at the court.

hnews@herald.ie

Irish Independent

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