Jury in trial over damage to Monet painting told majority verdict acceptable

Wednesday 04 December 2013 18.46
The damaged painting is valued at €10m
The damaged painting is valued at €10m

The jury in the trial of a man accused of vandalising a Claude Monet painting has been sent home for a second night without reaching a verdict.

48-year-old Andrew Shannon, of Willans Way, Ongar in Dublin, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to criminal damage of the painting at the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin on 29 June 2012.

Mr Shannon claims he felt weak and "fell" against the painting because of a serious heart condition.

The 1874 painting, entitled Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat, is valued at €10m.

After the jury had been out for several hours, Judge Desmond Hogan told them that the court will accept a majority verdict of 10-2.

The jurors have deliberated for over six hours so far. They will resume their deliberations tomorrow.