Two men plead guilty to Henry Moore sculpture theft - Hertfordshire


Two men appeared at St Albans Crown Court today, Monday, 12 November 2012, and pleaded guilty to stealing a Henry Moore sculpture valued between £250,000 and £500,000, which they sold to a scrap dealer for just £46.

The distinctive sundial was created by Moore in 1965. It was recovered after being featured on the television programme Crimewatch.

Liam Hughes, 22, and Jason Parker, 19, both of Coltsfield, Stansted, Essex, admitted stealing the sundial sculpture from the grounds of the Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, overnight on 10 to 11 July this year.  They also admitted taking the sculpture's bronze plinth overnight on 15 to 16 July this year, which they sold to a scrap dealer for just £200.

Judge Marie Catterson granted defence applications for pre-sentence reports. Both men were bailed to return to St Albans Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday, 04 December 2012.