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.
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?
Read The Daily Telegraph’s report at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9108552/Moet-Hennessy-manager-stole-75000-of-champagne.html