Thursday 13 December 2012

Defacing a painting definitely worse than beating someone up, insists Crown Court


A man has been sentenced to two years in prison for defacing a Mark Rothko painting at a London gallery, and not assaulting another human being as you might expect.

Wlodzimierz Umaniec pleaded guilty to criminal damage, but used the obviously silly defence that it “wasn’t like I hurt anyone or anything”.

However the Crown court passed down a significant custodial sentence, telling him, “This was a nice painting that people liked looking at, not some worthless human being with feelings, hopes, and dreams.”

“The fact that you let out your pent-up aggression on a painting in an art gallery, instead of in a crowded pub on a Friday night shows a reckless disregard for the things we consider important in this country.”

“Shame on you.”

Mark Rothko sentence

Although Umaniec is expected to appeal, his chances of success are slim considering no blood was spilled during his crime.

The CPS defended the prosecution explaining that ‘public on art’ violence was a scourge blighting the country and that over-crowded prisons were not a concern when addressing such hi-profile crimes.

Leaving the court, the judge told us, “Of course we’ve got our priorities right – why would you ask that?”

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