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Monday 11 December 2017

Man held over damage to Monet in medical care

Tom Tuite

A MAN charged with causing criminal damage to an oil painting by Claude Monet was remanded in custody yesterday and is to get medical treatment.

Andrew Shannon (47) of Willan's Way, Ongar, Dublin, was arrested after the damage was caused to Monet's 'Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat' painting at the National Gallery on June 29.

The 1874 painting, which is believed to be insured for up to €7m, had been exhibited at the gallery's room 10 but has since been removed for examination.

Dublin District Court was told yesterday morning that Mr Shannon was charged at 8.15pm 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 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 yesterday. The case was adjourned until a late sitting and Mr Shannon was then brought before the court.

The presiding judge was told there would be an objection to bail. However, counsel for Mr Shannon said there would be no bail application.

Counsel requested free legal aid and explained Mr Shannon 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.

Irish Independent

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