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Duke of York's ex-girlfriend Koo Stark cleared of stealing oil painting

By Alex Diaz

The Duke of York's ex-girlfriend Koo Stark has walked free from court after she returned a £40,000 painting she was accused of stealing from a former partner.

The 57-year-old, of Clabon Mews in Knightsbridge, London, was appearing at Isleworth Crown Court, in west London, after she allegedly took the artwork from the flat of Warren Walker, father of her daughter Tatiana.

But before the case went to trial, prosecution and defence reached an agreement for her to return the Anthonie van Borssom oil painting, which depicts a moonlit coastal landscape.

In a statement read outside court by Ms Stark's solicitor, Jules Azzopardi, she said: "Today I have been cleared of a charge that should never have been brought against me."

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