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Wine thief sent to mental health court

A man who admitted the theft of a bottle of wine was yesterday sent to Mental Health Court.

Jordayo Johnston, 29, pleaded guilty to the offence in Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that on October 25 last year, Johnston was seen acting in a suspicious way at the Esso City Service Station in Hamilton.

A supervisor recognised the defendant and watched him on the station’s CCTV cameras.

He saw Johnston take a bottle of chardonnay from the fridge and put it on a shelf elsewhere in the store before he went to use the bathroom.

Johnston, from Warwick, was seen to come out of the bathroom, hide the bottle in his clothing and leave the station.

The supervisor chased Johnston, but could not catch him.

Senior magistrate Juan Wolffe said that Johnston was already involved in the Mental Health Court programme and referred the case there.

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