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Damaged art will be destroyed, court hears

A jury in the trial of a man alleged to have damaged two paintings in the Shelbourne hotel has heard that the art works will be destroyed.

Andrew Shannon (inset) of Willians Way, Ongar, Dublin 15 has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to damaging the two paintings - Morning Strand and Evening Strand - by Felim Egan, at the Shelbourne hotel on January 8, 2014.

The court heard these two paintings, which have been made exhibits in the trial, appeared to have been slashed or torn with some object.

Mr Shannon (50) has further pleaded not guilty to damaging one Claude Monet painting entitled Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sail Boat (1874) at the National Gallery of Ireland on Clare Street on June 29, 2012.

The court heard previously there has been an "exhaustive process of repair" to the Monet which is now back on display at the National Gallery.

The jury have viewed CCTV showing Mr Shannon entering the Shelbourne hotel with a second man and walking around various locations.

Garda Eugene McCarthy told Kerida Naidoo BL, prosecuting, that he formed an opinion from viewing the CCTV and arrested Mr Shannon at his home on January 31, 2014.

The trial continues.