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Tuesday, 17 December, 2002, 16:03 GMT
Retrial for Thatcher statue protester
Statue of Baroness Thatcher minus head
The first attempt to knock off the head failed
A protester charged with "decapitating" a marble statue of Baroness Thatcher is to be retried.

A jury at Southwark Crown Court failed to agree a verdict on whether Paul Kelleher had a "lawful excuse" for damaging the 150,000 statue of the former prime minister.

He had denied a charge of criminal damage saying the statue "represented the ills of the world's political system".

The court had heard the 8ft-high sculpture was on display at London's Guildhall last July when Mr Kelleher first attacked it with a cricket bat.

'Satirical humour'

When that failed to work he picked up a metal pole used for display purposes and knocked the head off.

In his defence, Mr Kelleher, a theatre producer from Isleworth, west London, said as soon as he heard the statue was going on show his sense of "satirical humour" left him no choice but to carry out the attack.

But the jury of eight men and four women were unable to reach a decision, even though they had been given the option of a majority verdict.

After nearly four hours of deliberation, they were discharged by Mr Justice Aikens.

A new trial is due to start on 22 January.

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"This is what happens when a cricket bat and an iron bar meet 150,000-worth of marble statue."

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