Wine thief was ‘going through a bad patch’

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A MAN who stole wine from a South Tyneside store as he was going through ‘a bad patch’ after the death of his aunt has been given a court fine.

Ryan Clayton snatched two bottles of rose wine – valued at £10 – from One Stop Stores in Whiteleas Way, South Shields, on Friday, June 27.

The 32-year-old was identified on store CCTV and was later arrested – though the booze had already been consumed.

Clayton, of Horton Avenue, South Shields, pleaded guilty to a charge of shop theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Sarah Guest, prosecuting, said: “He was captured on CCTV taking the wine from the cabinet. The goods were valued at £10 and were not recovered.”

Laura Johnson, defending, said: “He was depressed as his aunt had just passed away.

“He took the two bottles of wine and drank them.

“He made full admissions to the police. He was going through a bad patch and was not thinking straight.

“He apologises for his actions.”

District Judge Helen Cousins fined Clayton £73 and ordered him to pay compensation to the store of £10.

He must also pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20, making for a court bill of £188.