Tourist in Blenheim statue trial is cleared
Friday 02 August 2002
A chance encounter at an antiques market began a nightmarish four months for an Israeli tourist, which ended in a courtroom yesterday.
Rosa Krol, 53, a teacher and art collector, thought she had found a bargain in Portobello Road, London, when she bought a bronze statue from a man for £477. She believed the 13in-high sculpture of a Trojan prince was worth six times the amount. She was wrong – the statue was worth £80,000 to its owner, and nothing to her.
When Ms Krol went to sell the 18th-century statue to an antiques dealer, she found it had been stolen a day earlier from Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, the home of the Duke of Marlborough. Staff at Daniel Katz in Jermyn Street called the police and the divorcee found herself under arrest, accused of handling stolen goods.
At Southwark Crown Court, Ms Krol said: "I offered the man all the money I had with me and he agreed. I didn't ask for a receipt, I simply didn't think about a receipt."
She said her arrest had left her in extreme shock. "It never entered my head to ask where it came from," saidMs Krol, who burst into tears when the jury found her not guilty.
VMAs 2015: Was Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus' awkward acceptance put-down real or staged?
Bank Holiday Monday opening times: Are Tesco, Asda and other supermarkets open today?
The nine most warmongering countries in the world revealed
Isis releases graphic video showing four Shia 'spies' being burned alive in Anbar, Iraq
Blood Moon and Supermoon: September to bring brightest – and dimmest – full Moon of the year on same night
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
UN investigating British Government over human rights abuses caused by IDS welfare reforms
- 1 VMAs 2015: Was Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus' awkward acceptance put-down real or staged?
- 2 If you're not already angry about the migrant crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
- 3 Rules on 5p plastic bags likely to lead to arguments at the check-out
- 4 Chaos breaks out in courtroom as father attacks killer of three-year-old daughter
- 5 Blood Moon and Supermoon: September to bring brightest – and dimmest – full Moon of the year on same night