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Massachusetts man arrested after serving poisoned wine at Scotland University

By Mason White 5:48 AM February 24, 2013
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By: Eva Fett
A U.S. man was arrested and charged after serving poisoned wine at Scotland University, according to press reports in Scotland.

The college student, who was arrested in Massachusetts, faces possible extradition for allegedly convincing a classmate at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, to drink red wine laced with methanol, an antifreeze chemical during a drinking game.

Alexander Hilton, 21, of Princeton, Massachusetts, was arrested by U.S. authorities last week under the U.S. and the U.K. extradition treaty. He appeared in federal court in Boston on Thursday and his extradition hearing is scheduled for next month.

If extradited to Scotland, will face a charge of attempted murder for giving a bottle of wine laced with poison to fellow student Robert Forbes.

“Hilton continually encouraged Forbes to drink from the bottle, but said that no one else should,” the charge sheet said.
Hilton also allegedly dropped a coin in the bottle. Known as pennying, this move in British college culture requires the drinker to chug the rest of the contents. The alleged victim finished the whole bottle by himself.

In the days after the incident, Forbes reportedly suffered joint pain, nausea, headaches, balance problems and temporary blindness. He still has not fully recovered his vision, the court papers said.

Police found significant pieces of evidence in the investigation of the facts, which included a plastic funnel and glass measuring jug that Hilton bought at a local store.

Hilton left the country shortly after the alleged murder attempt and went to college in New Mexico for a year before learning about the charges against him in Scotland and returned home to his parents.