Ex-UK royal harpist handled stolen goods

Tue Dec 22, 2009 8:41am EST
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - A former British royal harpist, who performed at the wedding of Prince Charles, walked free from court on Tuesday after being given a community order for handling stolen goods and attempted fraud.

Jemima Phillips, 28, the only musician to play at Charles's wedding to second wife Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005, had been accused of burgling houses while battling a drug addiction.

But the Royal College of Music graduate was convicted of the lesser charge of handling stolen goods, taken by her ex-boyfriend and heroin addict William Davies.

Phillips, from the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, was given a 12-month community order at Gloucester Crown Court, the Press Association reported.

She was told the order would also include a supervision element and a six-month drug rehabilitation program.

The court had heard how Phillips had been hooked on heroin at the time of the offences.

But Judge Michael Harington heard that she had made a "complete transformation" after staying clean for four months.

Her ex-boyfriend Davies, 41, of Cheltenham, who had been found guilty of four burglaries during a week-long spree, was jailed for 4-1/2 years.

(Reporting by Stefano Ambrogi; Editing by Steve Addison)

<p>Harpist Jemima Phillips who will play at Prince Charles' wedding reception poses for photographs in western England. REUTERS/Barry Batchelor/Pool</p>