FILE PHOTO: Gladstone Courthouse, Yarroon St.
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Hot grapes as man impulsively drops a St Henri Shiraz into pants

PENFOLDS reds from the Barossa Valley have earned a mighty reputation but also tickled the palate of Gladstone wine fancier David Merry.

Merry, in an apparent spur-of-the-moment decision, stole three bottles of reputable Shiraz at $50 a pop.

He popped two bottles down the front of his pants at the Tannum Sands hotel and walked off without paying. But later returned and grabbed a third bottle.

Police prosecutor Barry Stevens gave details before Gladstone Magistrates Court when Merry, 53, pleaded guilty to stealing the wine from the hotel on Saturday, July 9.

Sergeant Stevens said the three Penfolds Shiraz, including a Sir Henri, were valued at more than $155.

He said Merry, at 10.40am, went to the hotel bottle shop and had been browsing before selecting two bottles of Shiraz and putting them down his pants.

He paid for other items but later returned and stole another bottle.

Sgt Stevens said Merry, when interviewed, was co-operative, telling police it was done on impulse.

Lawyer Bradley Krebs said Merry was feeling down at the time, the carpenter handyman out of work and worried about paying his rent.

He agreed it was impulsive behaviour.

Magistrate Mark Morrow fined Merry $275 and ordered he pay compensation. A conviction was not recorded.



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