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Thursday 22 March 2018

Man in court over damage to painting

Tom Tuite and Natasha Reid

A 47-YEAR-OLD man has been refused an application to have independent analysis carried out on a Monet oil painting that he is accused of damaging.

Andrew Shannon, of Willans Way, Ongar, Co Dublin, is charged with criminal damage to the painting at the National Gallery in Dublin on June 29.

Gardai arrested him after damage had been inflicted to Claude Monet's 'Argenteuil Basin With A Single Sailboat', which is believed to be insured for up to €7m.

Mr Shannon was before Cloverhill District Court yesterday, having been remanded in custody on Monday.

His solicitor, Eleanor Leane, requested independent analysis of the painting.

Judge McHugh refused the application but said it could be made again when Mr Shannon is next in court.

Mr Shannon has not yet indicated how he will plead to the charge.

Irish Independent

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