A 20-YEAR-OLD student from the Murcia region was jailed for 18 months after he vandalised a Picasso painting at London’s Tate Modern gallery.

San Javier-based self-proclaimed anarchist Shakeel Massey was tried and sentenced at a London court this week.

He had been studying architecture at the University of Cartagena and went to the UK in December to visit relatives.

He attacked Picasso’s ‘Bust of a Woman’ on December 28 after wrapping his hand in a scarf to break the protective glass on the painting before tearing into the canvas.

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Vandalised Picasso masterpiece

Massey had used social media to say that he planned the attack for three years.

When he was arrested, the student described what he did as a ‘performance’ and was mimicking a previous attack on a painting at the Tate Modern in 2012.

Restoration work on the damaged Picasso could cost up to €400,000.

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