South Yorkshire Fathers4Justice campaigner’s appeal

Fathers for Justice campaigner Tim Haries poses for the media at Southwark Crown Court in London, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Haries is alleged to have smuggled a can of spray paint into Westminster Abbey, before defacing a painting of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II . Haries denies a charge of causing criminal damage .(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Fathers for Justice campaigner Tim Haries poses for the media at Southwark Crown Court in London, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Haries is alleged to have smuggled a can of spray paint into Westminster Abbey, before defacing a painting of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II . Haries denies a charge of causing criminal damage .(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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A Fathers4Justice campaigner from South Yorkshire who used paint to deface a portrait of the Queen in Westminster Abbey has lost an appeal against his six-month jail sentence.

Tim Haries, aged 42, who told jurors he wanted to highlight the ‘social justice issue of our time’, was in court to hear the dismissal of his case by Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas and two other judges at the Court of Appeal in London.

Haries had denied a charge of causing criminal damage of more than £5,000, but was found guilty at London’s Southwark Crown Court in January and sentenced last month.

The father-of-two from Balby, Doncaster, smuggled a can of purple spray paint into the Abbey last June before writing ‘help’ on the painting. The judges ruled his sentence was ‘fully merited’.