On 22nd December Leon Lawrence, of Waterloo, central London, appeared in the dock at Southwark Crown Court. He is alleged to have removed (ripped from the wall) the Banksy ‘Sperm Alarm’ work from outside the four-star Hesperia Hotel in Victoria.
Lawrence is then said to have put the piece, up for sale on the internet auction site Ebay with a starting price of £17,000! He denied theft, handling stolen goods, damaging property and attempting to convert or transfer criminal property.
He was remanded on unconditional bail by Judge Anthony Leonard QC and ordered to stand trial in the week beginning May 7, 2012.
His court appearance comes just days after two new works, appeared in London. Banksy T-shirts man on the street will be visiting very soon!