A 35-year-old man from Wallonia has spent 60 days in pre-trial detention after he broke into a house and stole a bottle of port, a length of time which his lawyer has called “ruthless”.
The man – in his thirties – was arrested in May, after breaking the window of an abandoned house and stealing a bottle of port, reports De Standaard. A neighbour witnessed the event, but the suspect has denied the claims.
The man has spent the past 60 days in pre-trial detention but was released following a hearing on Tuesday. The judge decided to declare a verdict on the day, giving the man a six-month suspended sentence.
Sixty days of pre-trial detention for a bottle of port is ruthless, said the man’s lawyer. By sentencing the day itself, which is not often the case, the judge released my client and showed great humanity.
The Brussels Times