Man faces trial over alleged Shakespeare theft
LONDON — British prosecutors say a flamboyant book dealer accused of stealing a rare First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays will face trial next summer.
Raymond Scott is accused of stealing the manuscript from Durham University’s library in northern England in 1998.
Scott denies a charge of theft and allegations of handling stolen goods. He says he bought the Shakespeare text in Cuba.
The 51-year-old suspect arrived at a court hearing Friday riding a horse-drawn carriage led by a Scots piper. He wore a kilt, and swigged from a bottle of malt whisky outside the court.
Scott was arrested in June as he carried the manuscript into the Folger Shakespeare Library, in Washington.