Wills and Kate photo thieves sentenced to community service

Friday August 21, 2009

Two men have been sentenced to 100 hours of community service for stealing a memory stick containing holiday photos of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The data storage device was taken from the car of Kate's sister in Kensington in August 2008. Prosecutor Robert Evans told the court that Pippa Middleton's bag, containing the stick, had been stolen after a door had been left open by her friend.

The thieves, who have been named as Charlie Ewins, 26, and Leon Sesay, 25, said they found the device in a gutter.

Once in posession of the snaps - which showed Prince William wearing a woman's hat and his girlfriend doing yoga in a bikini during a break in Mustique - the defendants took the images to The Sun newspaper where they were offered £25,000 for them.

The pair turned the offer down however and attempted to hold out for £50,000, upon which the newspaper reported them to the police.

Referring to a Jim Carrey comedy, the counsel compared the thieves to 'Dumb and Dumber'.

"That is not that inaccurate a characterisation of you both" he said. "You are essentially fools for whom things have spiralled out of control," added the judge in court on Thursday. 

Photo: © Getty Images

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