Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Night porter jailed for stealing wine

Alan Weir
Image caption Alan Weir has previous convictions for crimes of dishonesty

A night porter who stole £7,000 worth of alcohol from one of Edinburgh's most prestigious hotels before quitting his job has been jailed for 218 days.

Alan Weir, 26, used his security card to open Prestonfield House Hotel's cellar to take 15 bottles of wine.

He handed in his notice later that night but was caught on CCTV and tracked down by the police.

Weir, from Edinburgh, admitted forcing open a locked wine cellar by keycard and stealing alcohol on 3 January 2010.

Eye injury

Passing sentence at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Sheriff John Horsburgh QC told Weir: "The value of the goods you stole was very significant here and your record shows you have several previous convictions for crimes of dishonesty.

"The only appropriate disposal is one which involves custody."

He added that the sentence would have been eight months if Weir had not pled guilty.

The court heard Weir committed the offence after going through a bad time due to an injury to his eye and also after his partner's infidelity.

His defence agent Angus McLennan said: "This matter now is a fairly isolated incident having avoided offending behaviour for some time and it has cost his employment."

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