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Booker Judge Robbed By Window Washer

For some reason I see this as a Benny Hill sketch, complete with racy music and a man being chased in fast time by irate authors. Or George Formby singing "When I'm cleaning windows".

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Booker Prize judge has rare literary letters stolen from his house by his own handyman

  • Churchill speech and TS Eliot letter among documents taken
  • Thief returned papers but is jailed for 30 months

 

 

 

     Dr Gekoski admitted he was at first very upset by the theft, but later forgave his former employee

    Devastated: Dr Gekoski admitted he was at first very upset by the theft, but later forgave his former employee

    A handyman stole a treasure trove of manuscripts by famous figures including Sir Winston Churchill, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and TS Eliot, from a Man Booker Prize judge. 

    Tyrone Somers, a university graduate, was working for Dr Rick Gekoski, who specialises in rare manuscripts, when he stole £36,000 worth of treasured papers. 

    Southwark Crown Court heard that Somers, 41, had been asked by Dr  Gekoski to do some work over a weekend in July, when he would be away from his home property in Bathurst Mews, west London.

    He arranged for Somers to collect the key from a neighbour.

    Prosecutor Abigail White told the court: 'On the Monday, Mr Gekoski discovered a large number of highly valuable manuscripts and documents had been stolen from his house.'

    Among these 'extremely valuable items' were documents by Kingsley Amis, a speech by wartime prime minister Churchill, typed letters and Christmas cards by poet Eliot and a typed letter by poet Ted Hughes.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2042268/Booker-Prize-judge-rare-literary-letters-stolen-house--window-cleaner.html#ixzz1ZOJKzvHY

     

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