Saturday, 9 February 2013

Crass Ineptitude

Last April I posted news of the theft of these two Qing Dynasty artifacts from Durham University's Oriental Museum (CLICK). Sentencing Lee Wildman and Adrian Stanton at Durham Crown Court, Judge Christopher Prince didn't mince his words. He told the thieving pair they had shown "crass ineptitude" in losing their valuable haul so soon after stealing it. Wildman had hidden the haul on waste ground, but couldn't find it when he returned two days later. Luckily a witness saw him rummaging and police recovered the treasure. Wildman was sentenced to 9 years in prison, Stanton to 8 years (CLICK).


At 9/2/13, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whilst they deserve a long sentence it seems stupid that people who are responsible for bad crimes get fewer years and they got a longer one. Maybe it should be the other way around.

At 9/2/13, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Judges take all sorts of things into account when sentencing criminals. In this case neither thief showed any remorse. And what they stole was priceless art. I'd have given the pair life!


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