Written by v2lawblog
A Waiter and certified art collector turned thief Stephane Breitwieser has been dubbed the biggest thief in history.
He is not known for any single heist but rather started stealing paintings and other works of art between March 1995 and November 2001. He admitted to stealing 239 pieces from over 170 museums averaging 1 theft every 15 days. He stole a total of $1.4bn (£960m) worth of art and claims that he did not steal for profit but rather wanted to mass a large private collection of art. At his trial the magistrate quoted him saying “”I enjoy art. I love such works of art. I collected them and kept them at home.” And it was reported that despite the huge collection he was able to recall every piece of art he’d stolen. Continue Reading
By Elvinas Kukys – v2_lawblog
John Goddard a 58 year old messenger working for the broker Sheppards, was mugged whilst carrying a briefcase on a quiet London side street. Incidentally, the contents of that briefcase contained £292 million in bearer bonds that Goddard was delivering from the Bank of England Treasury to various banks and building societies. Legally, the person in possession of a bearer bond is deemed the owner and can at any point cash in these bonds. He was held at knifepoint, whilst an assailant made off with 301 Treasury bills, most valued at £1 million each. This is an offense of robbery as defined by Section 8 of the Theft Act 1968 which states: Continue Reading
Written by Peter Fisher – v2lawblog
May 2010 is always a date that makes me nostalgic. R v Paul Chambers, better known as the ‘twitter joke trial’ was the first time a court case really stood out for me and will always be a part of my legal career. Paul Chambers wrote on twitter:
“Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!” Continue Reading