Bainsford shoplifter complimented for choice of champagne

A shoplifter was complimented by a sheriff yesterday (Wednesday) on his choice of champagne.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 10th May 2018, 5:30 pm

Michael Bennet (39) stole two bottles of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial from a McColls branch in Falkirk.

Appearing at Falkirk Sheriff Court for sentencing, his solicitor, Simon Hutchison, told Sheriff Derek Reekie, “Good taste, my lord.”

The summary sheriff replied: “You took the words out of my mouth.”

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Bennet, of Carronside Street, Bainsford, admitted taking the classic aperitif from McColls in Maggieswood Loan, Falkirk on July 24 last year.

Prosecutor Graham McLachlan said: “The bottles were not recovered.”

Mr Hutchison said Bennet had been drinking, and had “little recollection” of taking the Moet.

Asking the sheriff to give Bennet a chance, he said he used to be a regular offender, but now had a job as a warehouseman and there had been “a significant slowing down” in his criminal activity in recent years.

His last conviction was in 2014.

Fining Bennet £270, Sheriff Reekie said Bennet had previous convictions for similar offences, but they “went back quite a long way”.

He told him: “The concern is that for whatever reason, that may not be entirely obvious, this is a return to previous habits.

“It’s also a concern that you had no recollection of what you were doing.”