Sunday 22 October 2017

Man charged with damaging Monet is remanded in custody

TOM TUITE

A 47-YEAR-OLD man was remanded in custody today - and is to get medical treatment - after he was charged with causing criminal damage to a valuable Claude Monet oil-painting at the National Gallery of Ireland last week.











Gardai arrested him after damage was inflicted last Friday to Monet's Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat painting, which is believed to be insured for up to €7m.



Andrew Shannon with an address at Willans Way, Ongar, was charged with criminal damage to the painting at the National Gallery of Ireland, in Dublin city-centre, on June 29 last.



The 1874 impressionist oil-painting had been exhibited at the gallery's room 10 but has since been removed for examination.



Dublin District Court was told today morning that Mr Shannon was charged at 8.14pm on Saturday. Detective Conor O'Braonain, of Pearse St Garda station, told the court that after caution Mr Shannon replied: “My solicitor has all the details.”



On Sunday evening, while in garda in custody, he complained that he was feeling ill and was brought to St James's Hospital.



Judge Cormac Dunne had been told that Mr Shannon was taken into the care of a cardiologist at the hospital and could not be brought to court Monday morning.



The case was adjourned until a late sitting of the court and Mr Shannon was then brought before Judge Denis McLoughlin.



The presiding judge was told that there would be an objection to bail. However, defence solicitor Aine Flynn said Mr Shannon was not making a bail application at this stage.



Mr Shannon, who did not address the court, was wearing a black “Pubs of Dublin” T-Shirt, blue jeans and black shoes.



Ms Flynn asked the judge to grant free legal aid to him and explained that he was in receipt of a disability payment. The judge agreed after noting that there was no garda objection.



He remanded Mr Shannon, who has not yet indicated how he will plead to the charge, in custody to appear again at Cloverhill District Court on Friday.



A second charge was also brought against Mr Shannon for trespassing and attempted theft at a house on Merrion Square, in central Dublin, on February 24 last. Garda Shane Noone said Mr Shannon made no comment when that charge was also put to him on Saturday.



Judge McLoughlin agreed to a request from the defence solicitor to direct medical attention for Mr Shannon, which Ms Flynn said he has required since the time of his arrest.

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