According to the Daily Mail, the culprits found the treasure in 2015 using a metal detector on a farm in Herefordshire. It was private property. But, they did not even inform the owner of the property about the treasure.
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They dug out the treasure buried in the ground and then sold the gold coins, rings etc. in the market outside. According to the Treasury Act 1996, he should have given this information to the administration.
Imprisonment for 11 years and 7 months
In 2019, George Powell, 41, and Layton Davis, 54, were found guilty of theft, conspiracy to conceal and sell criminal property. The court sentenced both men to 11 years and 6 months in prison, with Powell serving six and a half years and Davis serving five years.
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However, now the court has given another order in this matter. Under this, Powell and Davies will have to pay 1.2 million pounds immediately, which is about Rs. 12 crores in Indian currency. The verdict was handed down after a hearing at Worcester Crown Court last Wednesday.
Davis and Powell will have to pay this amount within three months. If they fail to pay in time, they will face an additional 5 years and 4 months in jail in addition to the existing sentence of 11.5 years. Judge Nicholas Cartwright described Davies and Powell as greedy and selfish. Also, he has said that he raised a huge amount by selling that treasure.
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