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Sun Feb 2, 2020, 10:49 AM

Man convicted of trying to steal Magna Carta from Salisbury Cathedral

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/30/man-convicted-of-trying-to-steal-magna-carta-from-salisbury-cathedral
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A man has been found guilty of attempting to steal a priceless version of Magna Carta, which he told police could be a fake.

Mark Royden, 47, from Canterbury, Kent, was convicted of using a hammer to smash the security case holding the 805-year-old document at Salisbury Cathedral on 25 October 2018.

He was convicted at Salisbury crown court of attempted theft of the charter and criminal damage to the display case, which cost £14,466 to repair.

The trial previously heard that Royden scoped the cathedral for a route not overlooked by CCTV cameras and came equipped with a hammer, gloves and safety goggles.

Before smashing the security case in Chapter House, Royden turned a CCTV camera in a failed attempt to avoid being recorded by it and set off a fire alarm as a distraction, the court heard.

Rob Welling, prosecuting, said Royden made an “odd prepared statement” to police during which he “doubted the authenticity” of the Magna Carta version.

His comments included: “You can’t talk to me about the holy grail, so to speak. If you find a bag on the floor which says cocaine on it, you would have to test that bag forensically. As for your holy grail, you would need a carbon test and a trace element test.”

The court was told that Royden has 23 previous convictions covering 51 offences, including theft and criminal damage.

The defendant, who suffered brain damage in a car accident in 1991, is subject to a court of protection order regarding his finances and is supported by a carer.

Salisbury Cathedral’s version of Magna Carta is one of four that remain in existence from the original 1215 charter.

King John issued Magna Carta after agreeing peace terms with a band of rebel barons, and it is now one of the world’s most celebrated legal documents. It established for the first time that neither monarch nor government was above the law and set out principles of liberty.

The Salisbury copy went back on display three months after the incident, and the damaged case was made part of the exhibition telling the document’s history.

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malaise Feb 2020 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2020 #1
malaise Feb 2020 #3
treestar Feb 2020 #2
malaise Feb 2020 #4
eppur_se_muova Feb 2020 #5
marble falls Feb 2020 #6
ChazInAz Feb 2020 #7
malaise Feb 2020 #8
MoonlitKnight Feb 2020 #9
maxsolomon Feb 2020 #10

Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Feb 2, 2020, 10:55 AM

1. He'd have had a tough time fencing that.

But this guy doesn't sound like he's quite all there.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 2, 2020, 11:01 AM

3. I was going to add that it appears that a few marbles are missing

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Feb 2, 2020, 10:57 AM

2. Hmm he could have raised that as a theory and

maybe gotten permission to examine it or some professor could.

Sounds like he is disabled enough to require a guardian. Even so, his intense interest in history is admirable.

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Response to treestar (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 2, 2020, 11:02 AM

4. Agree

He clearly has ''issues''

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Feb 2, 2020, 11:09 AM

5. It wasn't BloJo ?

What a surprise.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Feb 2, 2020, 11:31 AM

6. "came equipped with a hammer, gloves and safety goggles" and a pocket knife ...

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Feb 2, 2020, 11:56 AM

7. "The Last Gambado"

That's pretty much the plotline of the Lovejoy caper novel " The Last Gambado", by Jonathan Gash. Has anyone checked this would-be groom's reading matter?

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Response to ChazInAz (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 2, 2020, 12:00 PM

8. Now I'll have to read that book

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Feb 2, 2020, 12:44 PM

9. Poor guy was confused

Everyone knows that the clues were on the back of the Declaration of Independence.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Feb 2, 2020, 01:57 PM

10. He's got Brain Damage since 1991?

That's 29 years.

Why keep convicting him? Doesn't seem like he's capable of stopping this behavior.

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