Brandon man stole wine while ‘off meds’

Man stole wine from petrol station

Man stole wine from petrol station

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A man who stole a bottle of wine from a petrol station in Brandon suffers from acute paranoia, alcoholism and schizophrenia, a court has heard.

Prosecuting at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Friday, Lesla Small said at just after 12.20pm on March 19, Wesley Paul Saphier was caught on CCTV stealing a bottle of white wine from Finevale filling station.

He told police he had done it because he was an alcoholic at the time, she said.

In mitigation, Elizabeth Creissen said Saphier had failed to take medication for mental health problems.

“He does cope well when he’s taking his medication and doesn’t get himself into these sorts of problems,” she said.

Saphier, 35, of Beavor Lane, Brandon, pleaded guilty to theft and received a six month conditional discharge and a £6.59 compensation order. He was fined a further £20 for not attending court on time.