Winemaker kills thief with poisoned wine

A Hungarian winemaker has been sent to prison for murder after he poisoned wine with antifreeze to stop a thief.

AntifreezeAccording to Agence France Presse, the producer from Vacszentlaszlo, 50km east of Budapest, had been plagued by a spate of thefts and was determined to teach the thief, or thieves, “a lesson”.

He therefore laced some bottles with antifreeze and left them where they were likely to be taken.

On 24 October, a 30-year old man – who has not so far been identified as an employee of the winery – stole several poisoned bottles and shared them with friends.

According to police in the Pest department, he was hospitalised a few days later showing signs of poisoning and was dead by 1 November – though the exact cause of his death has not been firmly established.

Five other individuals have also been hospitalised for poisoning.

Protecting one’s products to such extremes is not without precedent in Hungary. In 2008, a cucumber grower was fed up with someone who had been stealing the vegetables from his garden since the late 1980s and so he electrified his fence with 220 volts.

A 48-year old man was shocked to death as he tried to climb it. The gardener subsequently claimed he didn’t know the voltage would be quite so lethal.

4 Responses to “Winemaker kills thief with poisoned wine”

  1. John Schreiner says:

    The adulteration in Austria was done with a different glycol, not the one that is poisonous. No one died from the Austrian wines.

  2. Marshall says:

    Justice prevails…He should NOT have spent ONE DAY in jail…he did the right thing.

  3. Shaun McDonald says:

    Easy defense; bottle variation.

  4. Dan says:

    Austria had the same problem 1986 with antifreze in wine.

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