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|Thatcher Beheader Walks Free
- Re-trial ordered after jury fails to decide
THE MAN who took a cricket bat to the the head of Margaret Thatcher escaped punishment yesterday after a jury couldn't decide whether his attack constituted criminal damage.
Paul Kelleher of Isleworth, south west London, has always admitted lopping the head off a statue of the former Prime Minister, but puts his actions down to "artistic expression".
"The head just came off. I think it looks better like that." Kelleher said. "I have nothing against Margaret Thatcher personally, just what she stands for."
Although the judge told the jury to leave politics out of its deliberations, jurors couldn't agree that Kelleher's art represents criminal damage. There will now be a re-trial in January 2003. Meanwhile, the statue itself remains headless.