Barschak jailed

28-day sentence for art stunt

Comedy Terrorist Aaron Barschak has been jailed for 28 days for hurling red paint over a Turner-nominated artist.

Barschak, 37, from Golders Green, north London, had claimed he was making his own artistic statement over the incident involving Jake Chapman.

He told police he was "collaborating" with Mr Chapman and wanted to enter photos of the May 30 incident at the Modern Art Oxford gallery in the Turner Prize.

But last month Oxford magistrates found him guilty of causing criminal damage, and he was sentenced today.

At the earlier hearing, Judge Brian Loosely said: "This was not the creation of a work of art, but the creation of a complete mess."

Barschak notoriously gatecrashed Prince William's 21st birthday at Windsor Castle earlier this year, but escaped prosecution over that stunt.

Published: 24 Nov 2003

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