A woman who is standing trial for the theft of seven diamonds from Mayfair jeweller Boodles is reportedly pleading innocent on the grounds that her dead sister was in fact responsible for committing the crime.

Lulu Lakatos, 60, is alleged to have stolen £4 million worth of diamonds from the London jeweller by switching them with worthless pebbles in an act of sleight of hand.

This was reported by the Metro earlier this week. Now, however, it has emerged that the woman is claiming her now-dead sister, Liliana Lakatos, was in fact the jewel thief who met with Boodles’ Nicholas Wainwright and assumed the alias ‘Anna’.

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The Evening Standard reported that CCTV footage from Boodles shows the thief switching a purse containing the actual diamonds for a duplicate containing pebbles.

Lulu Lakatos is said to have claimed that her younger sister, who died in a car accident but was alive at the time of the crime, confessed her guilt to Lulu.

“The diamonds had been stolen by the defendant by sleight of hand,” the Metro quoted prosecutor, Philip Stott, as saying.

He continued: “The conspiracy in which she is alleged to have played an integral and central part was one of the highest possible sophistication, planning, risk and reward.”

The accused is said to have completed the diamond by heist by changing her clothes with the help of a female accomplice and fleeing to France on the Eurostar.

The trial is set to continue today (Friday, 23 July 2021).

Read the original story on the theft below:

Woman switches gemstones with pebbles in £4m Boodles diamond heist