A 42-year-old man has elected a trial by jury at crown court after being accused of stealing a bottle of vodka worth just £8.49.

Justin Wynn appeared at Worcester Crown Court on Wednesday. The defendant, who is from Worcester but of no fixed abode, denies the theft of the bottle of Glen's vodka worth £8.49 from B&M bargains in Worcester on June 26 this year. For either-way offences, defendants are given the choice of where they want the case heard - at magistrates court or before judge and jury at the crown court.

Wynn chose the crown court as the venue for trial at a hearing at magistrates court on September 10.

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Simon Phillips appeared for the prosecution, Andrew Davidson for the defence. Judge Nicolas Cartwright adjourned the case for one week until Wednesday, October 20.

During the hearing the defendant said he was under the care of the hospital with chest pains and was awaiting the results of blood tests.

The judge granted him bail until the hearing next week.