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"Anguished father" jailed for defacing portrait of British queen

Published on Feb 6, 2014 12:31 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - A man who defaced a portrait of Queen Elizabeth with paint at Westminster Abbey last year in a publicity exercise for a fathers' rights group was jailed for six months on Wednesday.

Tim Haries, a 42-year-old electrician from Doncaster in northern England, sprayed the portrait of the 87-year-old monarch last June.

The painting had been on display to mark the 60th anniversary of her reign.

Haries belonged to the campaign group Fathers4Justice (F4J), which supports divorced fathers seeking greater access to their children and has gained notoriety for its publicity stunts.

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