Mick Jagger sent his bodyguard to protect his ex-wife, Jerry Hall, after burglars broke into her London home while the couple's two year-old son and nanny lay sleeping inside, a court was told yesterday.
While checking over the grounds of the luxury home the minder, Clive Haynes, discovered stolen goods worth thousands of pounds abandoned in some bushes. Fingerprints on a pair of candlesticks allegedly belonged to an antiques dealer, David Bryce, who appeared at Kingston Crown Court yesterday accused of theft.
Ms Hall, the former wife of the Rolling Stone rock star, arrived home just after 11pm in September last year to find her bedroom had been ransacked, the jury was told.
Items including two silver ornamental candlesticks worth £5,000, a gold pearl earring worth £100 and a Macintosh computer worth £2,000, were taken from her home at the top of Richmond Hill, west London.
Sally Halkerston, for the prosecution, said: "Mr Jagger was concerned about the security of the house. The day after the burglary the minder employed by him was sent to the house."
She said Mr Haynes found a carrier bag in the bushes at the back of the house. The bag contained the candlesticks.
Mr Bryce, 33, of West Hampstead, north London, who denies burglary, told police he had been walking his dog the day after the burglary. He said his pet found the bag and he picked up the candlesticks and then panicked and put them back.
The trial, expected to last two days, continues.