Antiques dealer jailed over stolen Shakespeare folio

August 2, 2010

Today’s BBC News

“An antiques dealer has been jailed for eight years for handling a stolen copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio. Raymond Scott, 53, from County Durham was cleared of stealing the treasure, but found guilty of handling stolen goods at a trial in June.

The 1623 work was taken from a display cabinet at Durham University in 1998.

Judge Richard Lowden called the folio ‘quintessentially English treasure’ and said damage to it was ‘cultural vandalisation’.”


One comment

  1. Is it possible to bring back Elizabethan punishments for crimes such as this? It is one thing being delusional and living a ‘Walter Mitty’ existence, but to deliberately vandalise such a treasure as this, after stealing the book in the first place, brings to mind some of the more treasonable crimes of the Tudor era. Might I humbly suggest that hanging, drawing and quartering be a more suitable punishment?
    Or prosecute him under Common Law. If the verdict by the jurist went against him, as it would, make him pay back the cost of the book – if he can’t or he refuses to, then outlaw him..make him open game for any right-thinking academic, Shakespearean student, or bibliophile.

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