It seems that the guy that gave me the busted laptop may not have had full rights to do so. It was written off because of the damage but he is leaving a project and it's the project that owns the laptop, not him, and they want to know what happened to it.
In the back of my head I wondered if this would ever happen, and with that in mind I kept all the relevant bits and pieces. If need be, it can be re-constructed into it's original damaged state (sounds weird I know) but at the moment it sounds like a box of parts will suffice as the actual damaged bit (the screen) hasn't been touched other than being removed from the rest of the unit.
Here's hoping they take a look at it, and agree to let me keep it after assessing the damage. If not, then I'll just have to wait until my 11" MacBook Air kicks the bucket in some fashion and make another one out of that.