A LIBRARIAN who stole rare books, including one described as a ‘cultural asset’ about the Aberfan disaster, has been jailed for eight months.
Elizabeth McGregor, 57, advertised them for sale on her Amazon account.
She put a £400 price tag on the Report Of The Tribunal Of Inquiry Into The Aberfan Disaster, which had been stolen from a secure area of the library in Pontypridd, south Wales, where she worked.
The book, which details the 1966 tragedy that claimed the lives of 116 children and 28 adults, was found dumped in a recycling bin outside her house. Hundreds of other stolen books were recovered from her home, including some which she had tried to burn.
McGregor, of Hirwaun, told her three-day trial at Merthyr Tydfil crown court that she had bought the Aberfan book for ‘little more than £1’.
But she was convicted of theft and perverting the course of justice. Sentencing her, Judge Richard Twomlow said: ‘The items that you stole were of substantial value. They were of historical and cultural value in some cases.’
McGregor’s lawyer Katherine Lane said her client was a ‘lonely individual’ with physical and mental health problems.
Since leaving the library service, she has been working for Public Health Wales. McGregor is also in ‘significant debt’, the court heard.