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Villain turns to vino to keep on straight and narrow
2:55pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A CROOK who raided an Oldbury house and stole property including luxury designer watches has escaped custody to concentrate on his wine making business.
Dwayne Shepherd smashed his way into the house through a patio door and made off with a £750 Manchester United watch and a £700 Gucci timepiece along with a laptop.
But the 24-year-old from Cradley Heath left a spot of blood behind at the scene and police traced him through DNA testing, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.
After admitting the offence in court in March, sentencing was deferred for six months to see if he could make a success of his business.
Back in front of Judge Michael Challinor, he was given an eight-month prison sentence suspended for a year after the court heard he had enrolled on a university business course.
Shepherd, of Bearwood Road, was also ordered to pay £2,500 compensation.
Roy Paterson, defending, said the wine making business gave him a focus to help keep him out of trouble.
Police recovered the Manchester United watch during a search of his home in The Parade, where he was living at the time.
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