Raymond Burraway, 52, of Wandsworth, south London, Joseph Mankowitz, 49, of Kensington, west London, directors of Greens Ltd, established in 1787, and a third defendant, Anthony Boylan, 58, of Dulwich, south-east London, all deny conspiring to steal wine held by the company on behalf of customers. The victims included professional wine experts and aristocrats.
Within a few months of the alleged theft, customers 'complained vociferously' that their wine was missing and police were alerted, the court was told. After a six-week investigation, police arrested the two directors and Mr Boylan, who is accused of collecting the wine, in early 1991.
The hearing continues.