Fate of $40,000 bottle of whisky hard to swallow Les Kennedy August 10, 2007
IT WAS an act of drunken spite against his former stepfather that led Daniel Alex D'Souza to break open a bottle of rare Scotch whisky purported to have dated back to the time of the First Fleet.
By his own account to police in a recorded interview, the 19-year-old from Cootamundra, in southern NSW, said he did not stop to savour the drop, but "poured it into the ground".
Police allege the whisky would have been worth $40,000 (Australian = $34,368 US) if sold at auction to a collector.
Its owner, Dr Frank Perera, said he believes his former stepson drank it with his mates.