Man accused of damaging Monet painting claims gardaí tried to get false confession

A man on trial for allegedly putting his fist through a Monet painting accused gardaí of trying to get a false confession, a jury has heard.

Man accused of damaging Monet painting claims gardaí tried to get false confession

A man on trial for allegedly putting his fist through a Monet painting accused gardaí of trying to get a false confession, a jury has heard.

Andrew Shannon of Willians Way, Ongar, Dublin, denies causing criminal damage to the art work at the National Gallery in June 2012.

Mr Shannon is accused of putting his fist through Claude Monet's Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sail Boat at the National Gallery.

The 1874 painting has an estimated value of €10m.

The 49-year-old is also accused of causing criminal damage to two Felim Egan paintings in the Deirdre Suite of the Shelbourne Hotel on January 8, 2014.

Today, the jury heard in garda interviews Andrew Shannon said he had visited the hotel with his nephew that day in order to do a tour of the spa facilities.

When he was asked about CCTV footage showing him near the suite where the two paintings hung, he denied causing any damage, and at one point the court heard he accused gardaí of trying to get a false confession.

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