Man denies defacing Queen painting in Westminster Abbey
A man has denied defacing an oil painting of the Queen that was on display in Westminster Abbey.
Tim Haries, 42, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, is accused of smuggling in a can of spray paint in June and causing damage costing over £5,000 to repair.
The Fathers4Justice campaigner was given conditional bail when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court. He will face trial for criminal damage on 6 January.
The portrait had been unveiled for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The £160,000 painting by artist Ralph Heimans, entitled The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, depicts the Queen in state dress.
It went on display in the Chapter House in May.