Former antiques boss branded ‘a thief’

Bill Jones has won his case against Kenneth Robb
Bill Jones has won his case against Kenneth Robb
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A former Cupar antiques dealer who was sued by an angry customer has been branded a ‘thief’ by the sheriff presiding over the case.

Buckhaven man Bill Jones had taken out a civil action against Kenneth Robb, formerly proprietor of Kingdom Antiques in Bonnygate.

He said he’d left items belonging to his late parents with Mr Robb to sell back in 2007 - but hadn’t seen them since.

In his findings, Sheriff Alastair Brown found in favour of Mr Jones and will decide the amount of damages to which he’s entitled following a hearing at Dundee Sheriff Court on October 7.

The hearing has been called to decide the value of the property, which was disputed by Mr Jones and Mr Robb when they appeared in court on August 26.

Mr Jones has claimed the items are worth almost £1700, but Mr Robb disagrees and the sheriff has asked them both to give evidence.

At the hearing in August, Mr Robb agreed that Mr Jones had given him items to sell on his behalf through his antiques business and that they had not been sold.

The sheriff has asked them both to give evidence.

At the hearing in August, Mr Robb agreed that Mr Jones had given him items to sell on his behalf through his antiques business and that they had not been sold.

He also agreed that though Mr Jones had asked for the items back, they had not been returned. But he told the court that he could not return the items because he no longer had them.

He said he’d transferred his business and whole stock - including Mr Jones’ property - to a limited company.

He said he was no longer involved with that company and no longer had access to the items.

And he said that some of the items - a coat, an LP collection and two ornaments - were seized by Trading Standards officers in January, 2013.

In a written judgement, Sheriff Brown said that Mr Robb was ‘not very forthright’ about when he gave the property to the company, but estimated it to be some time in late 2012 or early 2013.

He concluded: “By putting Mr Jones’ property out of his own hands and into the hands of a limited company from which he cannot recover it, Mr Robb committed theft.”

He continued: “I am satisfied the defender stole the pursuer’s property.”