Doncaster dad loses appeal over Queen portrait sentence

A Fathers4Justice campaigner jailed for six months for defacing a portrait of the Queen with paint in Westminster Abbey has lost his appeal against the length of his sentence.

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Man who defaced Queen's portrait loses appeal

A Fathers4Justice campaigner from Doncaster who defaced a portrait of the Queen with paint in Westminster Abbey has lost a challenge against his six-month jail sentence.

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Tim Haries, 42, of Bellis Avenue, who told jurors he vandalised the picture to highlight the "social justice issue of our time", was present in court to hear the dismissal of his case by Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas and two other judges at the Court of Appeal in London.

Haries had denied a charge of causing criminal damage of more than £5,000, but was found guilty at London's Southwark Crown Court in January and sentenced last month.

The father-of-two smuggled a can of purple spray paint into the Abbey on June 13 last year before writing the word "help" on the painting.

The judges ruled that his sentence was "fully merited"

Doncaster dad appeals over Queen portrait sentence

A Fathers4Justice campaigner jailed for six months for defacing a portrait of the Queen with paint in Westminster Abbey appeals against the length of his sentence today.

Tim Haries, 42, of Bellis Avenue, Doncaster, who told jurors he vandalised the picture to highlight the "social justice issue of our time", will have his challenge heard at the Court of Appeal in London by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, sitting with Mr Justice Keith and Mr Justice Royce.

Haries denied a charge of causing criminal damage of more than £5,000, but was found guilty at London's Southwark Crown Court in January.

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