I was recently arrested in the UK on allegation of theft of a bottle of wine which in fact I returned to the owner. The police seemed to accept my explanation that I had believed the wine might actually belong to me having kept wine at the premises of the alleged theft. The police asked the owner what they they wished to do in view of the return of the property. The owner said they were interested in prosecution. The police had given me a bail and advised that they have sent the case across to the CPS for a decision. I have never been arrested or committed a crime ever before and even in this case it is my contention that I had taken the wine to verify that it was not my own previously stored bottle and that I had intended to return the wine to the power with proof of ownership at time of my arrest. There three question are: 1) does the CPS now have an obligation to charge me now that the owner had indicated their preference not to drop the matter but to pursue prosecution? and 2) if I indented to return the wine and not permanently deprive the owner of ownership does this still constitute theft under UK law? 3) Is it likely in your preliminary view that I will be charged by the police?
Hi Alex: The wine value is GBP 2,500 tho the mark up in hotel restaurant puts the value at GBP 7,500. I have no prior criminal or arrest history and I live overseas.
Hi Alex: Is there a number I can call you on in the UK now?
What is the additional offer?
Hi Alex: accepted your additional offer but I have no number on which to contact you? Pls advise soonest.