December 22, 2009 / 1:47 PM / 8 years ago

Ex-UK royal harpist handled stolen goods

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.

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

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

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