Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Jury Clears Booze Thief

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Jury Clears Booze Thief

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Byline: Gareth Lightfoot Court Reporter gareth.lightfoot@trinitymirror.com

A BOOZY thief accused of an armed robbery for two bottles of Newcastle Brown Ale has been cleared by a jury.

Daniel Bryce, 29, denied pointing a kitchen knife at a restaurant worker to steal two bottles of beer from the fridge.

He told a Teesside Crown Court jury yesterday: "I'm not that stupid. Why would I point a knife at someone for two bottles of Newcastle Brown Ale?" Jurors unanimously cleared him of robbery and having a bladed article - oences he denied - after about 20 minutes of consideration.

He was found guilty of stealing the beer, which he had admitted, along with possession of a small amount of cannabis.

Bryce said he was walk-walk ing past the Taj Mahal on Yarm Lane, central Stock-Stockton when the beer "caught my eye" in the window.

He told jurors: "Stupid idea. I decided to walk in, pick a couple of bottles up and walk out.

"I'd had quite a bit to drink. …

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