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Inverness homeless man stole a bottle of whisky worth £195 – and drank it 'without knowing how much it was worth'

By Ali Morrison

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A homeless drunk walked into an Inverness off-licence and left with a bottle of whisky without paying.

Gary Howarth, of Church Street, then drank the alcohol without realising that he would be the envy of many a whisky connoisseur – for the liquor he took from Woodwinters Wine and Whisky store in Church Street on February 9 last year was a rare malt valued at £195.

The 38-year-old was filmed on CCTV but it was only this morning that police caught up with him.

He then appeared from custody at Inverness Sheriff Court and admitted the theft and two offences of failing to appear.

Defence solicitor John MacColl said: "He was in a dark place at that time, homeless and abusing alcohol. He didn't know how much the whisky cost. He consumed it."

Howarth was fined £410.

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