Fine follows Bakewell man’s darts win

From the courts
From the courts

A jobless roofer was caught with cannabis after being arrested for stealing wine from Bakewell Co-Op.

Boozy Bruce Mantell had drunk seven or eight pints of beer in the town centre before snatching two bottles of wine.

Magistrates at Chesterfield heard that shop worker Robert Houseley followed him outside and asked if he had a receipt for the wine.

Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, said: “He dropped one bottle on the ground and it smashed.

“He placed the other bottle in a nearby council bin and said he didn’t need a receipt.

“He was followed again by Mr Houseley who had alerted police.

“He was searched and a small amount of cannabis was found.”

She added: “He said in interview he couldn’t remember much about the circumstances because he was drunk. He said he didn’t have enough to pay for the wine and he had intended to smoke the cannabis when he got home later that night.”

Mantell, 46, of Stoney Close, Bakewell, admitted theft and possessing cannabis on the afternoon of August 28.

He had previous convictions for shoplifting and possessing and cultivating cannabis. He was fined £161, with £85 costs, and the drugs seized will be destroyed.

“He had been out with his mates because they had won the Tuesday night darts league.

“He drank more than he would normally and he acquired a tiny amount of cannabis, worth only £4.

Jon Barber, for Mantell, said: “It is eight years since his previous theft offence.

“He doesn’t have a drink problem and he has sent a letter of apology to the shop and sent them £10.”