Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Man guilty of murder over copy of The Wind in Willows


  • 24 October 2016
  • BBC News
A man has been found guilty of murdering a book dealer over a £50,000 first edition of The Wind in the Willows.
Michael Danaher, 51, stabbed Adrian Greenwood to death after drawing up a list of wealthy targets that also included Kate Moss and Jeffrey Archer.
The 42-year-old was found dead at his Oxford home in April. He had been stabbed 16 times, the judge said.
Danaher has been jailed for life with a minimum of 34 years.
He told the jury at Oxford Crown Court he had acted in self defence, but it took about two hours to find him unanimously guilty.
Passing sentence, Judge Ian Pringle said Danaher, from Peterborough, had become "obsessed" with famous people and had tortured his victim.
The prosecution said the rare copy of The Wind in the Willows was found at his flat and had been put up for sale on eBay at the "knockdown price" of £2,000.
Adrian Greenwood
Image caption Art dealer Adrian Greenwood was found dead in his Oxford house by a cleaner on 7 April
The Wind in the Willows
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