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Bodyguard ‘threw away his mobile phone to protect personal data’

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Playboy James Stunt’s bodyguard accused of stealing £515,000 diamond from his boss ‘threw his phone out of the window to stop police accessing his personal information’

  • Justinas Ivaskevicius is accused of stealing cash and diamonds worth £520k
  • The items were stolen from James Stunt’s £10m Belgravia home in December ’17
  • Southwark Crown Court heard he was ‘in shock’ when he threw away his phone
  • Ivaskevicius said he wanted to protect personal information on the handset  

Playboy James Stunt’s bodyguard threw his phone out the window to stop police accessing his ‘personal information,’ a court heard today.

Justinas Ivaskevicius, 34, is accused of stealing a yellow diamond worth £515,000 and £50,000 cash from the safe at Stunt’s £10m home in Belgravia in December 2017.

Giving evidence in a black suit at Southwark Crown Court, he was asked why he threw away his phone.

Tycoon James Stunt arriving at Southwark Crown Court last month to give evidence in the trial

‘I was in shock, I can’t recall I just throw the phone. I did it.

‘The phone is holding a lot of personal information and I tried to protect that by throwing it out of the window.’

He also said Stunt ordered £500 of food the night his diamonds disappeared but left it untouched, jurors heard.

The gold dealer’s former bodyguard said: ‘We got leftovers from the Noble Foods. We picked up for guests and James, it was untouched.

‘They ordered it but they didn’t eat, it was about £500 of food. The staff, we all ate it. We shared the food together.’

Jurors have heard Stunt, the former husband of Formula One heiress Petra Ecclestone, was so high on cocaine that he was not ‘in the right frame of mind’ to be trusted with the key to his own safe.

Justinas Ivaskevicius, 34, is accused of stealing a £515,000 diamond and £50,000 in cash from the safe at Mr Stunt's £10million Belgravia property (pictured) in December 2017

Justinas Ivaskevicius, 34, is accused of stealing a £515,000 diamond and £50,000 in cash from the safe at Mr Stunt’s £10million Belgravia property (pictured) in December 2017

Ivaskevicius said Stunt’s head of security was so worried about the butler’s connection with his boss he ordered a search of his bags.

Gabriel Lekwarat had raised concerns about John Gilmore prior to him leaving for Amsterdam the night before the jewels went missing, the court heard.

‘I asked him in a nice way if I could have a look what was in it,’ Ivaskevicius said.

‘I didn’t want to upset him because he was staff and he had a good connection with James.

‘They were getting along together quite well even Gabriel was worried sometimes.

‘I was thinking I might get sacked or get a bad name so I was worried about that. I kind of looked through it.

Mr Stunt pictured with his ex-wife Petra Ecclestone in July 2010 before their split

Mr Stunt pictured with his ex-wife Petra Ecclestone in July 2010 before their split

‘It was about a minute, it wasn’t like a proper search – I just asked him to open his luggage.

‘He had some hand luggage as well. While the large luggage was open he went inside his room and got his hand luggage.’

Ivaskevicius said he did not search the hand luggage because he ‘wasn’t confident searching staff and didn’t think it was relevant and didn’t want to upset James.’

Lithuanian Ivaskevicius denies theft, two counts of possessing criminal, carrying a British driving licence with improper intention and producing a controlled drug, namely cannabis and four counts of handling stolen goods.

Jurors have been shown pictures of the contents of the safe, which included two blue diamonds, a pink diamond, a large white diamond, six 1kg gold bars, the yellow diamond ring and a Cartier engagement ring, which Stunt said he gave his ex-wife.

Stunt, who was married to Ms Ecclestone, 31, from 2011 to 2017, made his fortune as a gold dealer and art collector.

The socialite couple had three children together before divorcing in a £5..5 billion settlement in October 2017.

The trial continues.

James Stunt outside Southwark Crown Court last month when he gave evidence to the trial

James Stunt outside Southwark Crown Court last month when he gave evidence to the trial 

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