A statute of 1553 made the breaking or defacing of an altar, crucifix or cross in any church, chapel or churchyard punishable with three months' imprisonment on conviction before two justices, the imprisonment to be continued unless the offender entered into surety for good behaviour at quarter sessions.
He moved his capital northward to Akhetaton (El Amarna) and strove to suppress the worship of Ammon, doing infinite damage to the monuments of Thebes by defacing his name and figure.
defaceed by: Tony Butler | 05 May 2006 at 09:59 AM So defacing a ballot paper is an offense?
defaceying graffiti to, or otherwise defacing, the property of others.
This led to the destruction of Al Amarna and the defacing of many monuments and temples where the name of Akenaten was defaced.