Two people have appeared in court in connection with an alleged art theft from former neighbours of comedian Billy Connolly.
Valuable works by Scottish colourists George Leslie Hunter and Francis Cadell were allegedly stolen from Candacraig Gardens in Strathdon, near Connolly’s then home at Candacraig House, in 2001.
The two paintings are each believed to be worth a six-figure sum.
Penelope Hodge or Thomas-Smith, 60, and Philip Thomas-Smith, 66, appeared in private at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday and faced a charge of theft by housebreaking.
The pair, whose address was given in court papers as Northern Cyprus, made no plea or declaration and were remanded in custody pending the outcome of a bail appeal hearing.
Billy Connolly and his wife Pamela Stephenson bought Candacraig House in 1998 and had used it as a Highland retreat.
The 12-bedroom property, which was the former home of Body Shop founder Anita Roddick, has hosted numerous famous stars including the late Robin Williams, Steve Martin and Ewan McGregor.
The house features 12 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, four reception rooms, a billiard room and library.
It is set in 14 acres of grounds, which include a walled garden, woodland and loch.