Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Counting the Krug


The case of the conviction of Romain Brunot

On Friday, a young man named Romain Brunot was convicted on the count of theft from his former employers Moët Hennessey at Southwark Crown Court. As he now gets used to life in Britain’s largest prison, HM Prison Wandsworth, his Facebook page has also disappeared.

Moët Hennessey UK’s headquarters at 13 Grosvenor Crescent, Belgravia, London, SW1X 7EE

Aged 30 and subsequently employed by a well-known whisky brand, Brunot is a man who I met in December at events at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hamilton Place and at Holland & Holland in Bruton Place. On those occasions last December he showed no sign of being a man awaiting trial for the offence of stealing £75,000 worth of champagne and spirits in his previous role as a £50,000 a year brand manager for Krug and Belvedere Vodka.

Brunot, who studied at the Université de Bourgogne, according to prosecutor Gavin Ludlow-Thompson, was able to steal some 400 bottles of vintage Krug and 400 bottles of Belvedere Vodka over a four-year period. He did so by first transferring it to a rented wine cellar in east London and then on to another named the Yellow Warehouse, where he used the fake name of “Mr White” instead of his own.

On realising that unused stock, which should have been returned after events hosted by Brunot, was missing, police raided both locations and recovered £50,000 worth of the stolen champagne and vodka.

Stephen Leake of Carmelite Chambers. © Carmelite Chambers 2012

Defended by Stephen Leake of Carmelite Chambers, Brunot received a sentence of 15 months and was also ordered to repay £25,000 in compensation for the stock he’d either sold on or used for his consumption. On his behalf, Leake argued:

“He was dealing with The Dorchester and Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant… These people are now simply going to have nothing more to do with him.”

HM Prison Wandsworth, Heathfield Road, Wandsworth, London, SW18 3HS: a prison that has previously housed Oscar Wilde, Ronnie Kray, Ronnie Biggs, Pete Doherty, Julian Assange and Charles Bronson

That is indeed true. Like other grabbing sorts I’ve encountered, the arrogance of such people knows no bounds but so does their stupidity. Ultimately, don’t they realise they’ll eventually be caught?

16 comments:

MPJ said...

I met this guy once at a party too. He was very arrogant and I didn't trust him. How the mighty fall.

BarBoy said...

This guy is a prized twat. I knew there was something wrong with him when he visited my bar. He couldn't have organised a piss up in a brewery let alone run a heist of £75,000 of booze without getting caught. Hope he's enjoying Wandsworth.

Helen said...

Poor Romain, I am sorry to hear this. He bathed in Krug and got caught. Diddums.

Becky Goldschmidt said...

Silly boy. Silly, silly boy.

Anonymous said...

Class A Wanker.

J. said...

To everyone here you has nothing else to do than insult a genuine man like Romain: how would you feel if you made a mistake and people talked about you that way? Being in prison is enough of a punishment already, so keep it down on the insults and mind your own business.

Matthew Steeples said...

He committed a crime. He has to do the time. Once a felon, always a felon. Helping yourself to £75000 of booze is not a mistake.

Anonymous said...

An image of this man should be displayed in the offices of all drinks companies. That his subsequent employers did not do due diligence on his dismissal for gross misconduct speaks volumes about their procedures. That J. calls thievery a "mistake" says much of her morals too.

Amelia said...

He'll never get a job with a drinks company again.

Hannah said...

Are you being serious J.?

Jane said...

J: How can theft be a mistake? You can't exactly borrow Krug can you?

Matthew Steeples said...

It is impossible for THEFT to be a "mistake" Julia.

Anonymous said...

J: you are clearly as idiotic as this man, Romain. "Genuine" "mistake"? What planet are you on?! For 4 years he systematically stole 75,000 Pounds worth of booze. Sounds like a genuine man making an honest mistake to me too. Laughable!

Millie said...

How awful it must be to have nothing better to do than to gossip about people.

This lame excuse of a blog bored me senseless.

'Being in top five in UK for English at A-Level', I expected more from the eloquently named 'Da Steeps' - yes that's right, I can quote things from linkedin too. I best start a blog before my creativity wanes.
Perhaps you and the baying hyenas may like to think about saving your judgements for things you're better educated on.

(GREAT picture too- so helpful to see what kind of person one must avoid). Ta ta!

Phil Mellows said...

Always thought this boy was non kosher. I was right. Unreal that he thought he'd get away with it.

Gillian Castle said...

Have you got a picture of Romain, J.? Please email to gilliancastle67@gmail.com It could be very useful to me. Thanks.