On Friday, Magistrate Carolyn Huntsman found Ben Gittany guilty of malicious damage after he vandalised the mural of the late icon last November, saying that his religious beliefs did not constitute grounds for vandalism (duh).
“We live in a pluralistic society,” Huntsman told the offender.
The artist of the mural, Scott Marsh, spoke to Gay Star News about the outcome. “It’s a great result and I’m sure a huge relief for everyone in that local community,” he said.
Gittany will be sentenced in September.