Baltic Jesus statue “no case to answer”
Good news from Gateshead, where a case brought against the Baltic art gallery has been stopped by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Essex Christian Emily Mapfuwa tried to prosecute the Baltic for the offence of “outraging public decency” in spite of the fact that she had never visited the exhibition.
Chief Crown Prosecutor Nicola Reasbeck said:
It is necessary to construe the offence of outraging public decency in a way that is compatible with the right of freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Having considered the evidence in this case with great care, we are satisfied that there is no case to answer.
We have taken into account all the circumstances, including the fact that there was no public disorder relating to the exhibition and that there was a warning at the entrance to the gallery about the nature of the work on display. The case has therefore been discontinued.
Let’s hope the Baltic pursue Mapfuwa and the Christian Legal Centre for costs.
(Failing that, looking at the results of a Google image search on the pious Ms Mapfuwa’s name is quite satisfying.)