thrown on ground: Corporal David carries the painting depicting Jesus Christ yesterday outside the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court. The painting was maliciously damaged on Sunday at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Harris Promenade, San Fernando. —Photo: TREVOR WATSON

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Man in court for damaging ‘false image’ of Jesus

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

 A MAN charged with maliciously damaging a $1,200 portrait of Jesus Christ went to jail last night, after being refused bail in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court.

Although he was not called upon to plead  to the offence, from the prisoner’s dock, Keith Strachan said the picture was a “false image of God”.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington had read the charge that last Sunday at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Harris Promenade, San Fernando, Strachan maliciously damaged the portrait of Jesus Christ.

Strachan, 53, of Vistabella, was charged by Corporal David of San Fernando Police Station.

Asked by Wellington if he had any previous convictions, Strachan said that he had a case of malicious damage before the Port of Spain court.

Wellington denied him bail, telling Strachan that while on bail he allegedly committed this offence.

On Sunday,  a worshipper reported to police that a man took up the picture from the altar and smashed it on the ground.

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