Da Vinci theft
Da Vinci theft
A LAWYER cleared of extortion over the return of the Da Vinci masterpiece Madonna of the Yarnwinder has been arrested on suspicion of theft.
FIVE men were cleared yesterday of being part of a plot to extort £4.25 million for the return of a stolen Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece.
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THE "Liverpool lads" Jack Doyle and Bob Graham had already made the local papers through their business, Stolen Stuff Reunited. The idea was to return property that had sentimental value to the owner and no real worth to the thief.
JURORS in the Madonna of the Yarnwinder trial failed to reach verdicts yesterday and were sent home for the night.
A SCOTTISH solicitor told the Madonna of the Yarnwinder trial yesterday that he had not taken seriously a scheme suggested by a "Walter Mitty" lawyer for the return of the stolen work of art.
A MAN told a court yesterday that he was "over the moon" when an expected £50,000 reward for returning a stolen Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece rose almost fivefold. Robert Graham said the increased figure had nothing to do with a ransom plot.
THE Madonna of the Yarnwinder trial did not sit yesterday because one of the accused was involved in a road accident on his way to court.
THE safe return of a stolen £20 million work of art was achieved through a commercial deal rather than a ransom plot, a lawyer claimed yesterday.
A SOLICITOR insisted he did the "right thing" in working to secure the return of a stolen Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece.
A LAWYER admitted yesterday he had wanted to make money and win kudos from returning a stolen Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, but insisted the project had also become a "passion".
THE prosecution completed its evidence in the Madonna of the Yarnwinder trial at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday.
A SOLICITOR strongly denied that he was an axe-wielding robber who stole a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece from a Scottish stately home.
A LAWYER wanted to discuss other works of art after he had helped in the recovery of a stolen £20 million painting, a court has heard.
A "LOVEABLE rogue" claimed he was acting out of decency in helping secure the return of a stolen £20 million painting, a court heard yesterday.
A £20 MILLION work of art taken from a castle by "gypsies" resurfaced four years later through a business called Stolen Stuff Reunited, a court has heard.
DRAMATIC video footage of detectives gatecrashing a meeting in a law firm's offices and recovering a stolen work of art was shown to a jury yesterday.
A RUSE to bring in undercover police swung into action after a lawyer's "deceptive" offer to assist in the recovery of a £20 million work of art, a court has heard.
ONE of Scotland's foremost noblemen has described his family's anguish at the theft of a da Vinci masterpiece, and the "huge relief" when it was recovered undamaged four years later.
THREE solicitors accused of a £4.25 million extortion plot discussed the legality of securing a reward for the return of a stolen Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, a court has heard.
THE theft of a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece from a stately home in Scotland has been described to a jury.