Three trials, two verdicts, one adjournment. We have summarized the latest developments in some of the court cases we have reported on in the last couple of months.
The 22-year-old man who was on trial for stealing two crowns and an imperial orb from Strängnäs Cathedral has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison. A court in Eskilstuna announced the verdict on February 22, 2019. He had already been arrested before the stolen items were discovered in a trash can in Akersberga. A somewhat blurry picture provided by the police that was published by the news platform The Local gives us an idea of the post-theft condition of the jewels. If and when legal proceedings against the two men who are considered accomplices of the convicted man will commence is unknown.
Only three weeks after the hearings opened, Ipswich Crown Court has declared the defendant Danny B. guilty. He had been accused of stabbing a 52-year-old coin collector in August of 2018 and stealing his collection of Beatrix Potter 50p coins. The official conviction on the charge of murder and attempted arson is scheduled for March 19, 2019. The culprit faces up to 30 years in prison. The coin collection remains nowhere to be found.
In June of 2018, Jonathan Kirschner from New Jersey admitted to having impersonated a federal agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. A fake badge had allowed him to sell counterfeit coins and bars. The sentencing was initially scheduled for October 1, 2018 but was then adjourned to February 5, 2019. Now, numerous other mints and grading companies have claimed damages. These new circumstances and the ramifications of the week-long government shutdown have resulted in another postponement of the sentence proclamation. It has now been scheduled for April 25, 2019.
The hearings of the prime suspects in the “Big Maple Leaf” trial are still on-going. A sentence is expected at the end of March 2019.