Search

Great Yarmouth manager stole more than £64,000 to fund gambling habit

PUBLISHED: 13:15 25 July 2012

Palace Bingo , Yarmouth. The former tesco store is set to become a casino.

Photo: Nick Butcher
Copy: Stepehn Pullinger
For: EDP
EDP pics © 2007
(01603) 772434

Palace Bingo , Yarmouth. The former tesco store is set to become a casino. Photo: Nick Butcher Copy: Stepehn Pullinger For: EDP EDP pics © 2007 (01603) 772434

EDP pics © 2007

An assistant manager at a Great Yarmouth bingo club stole more than £64,000 because of his own gambling addiction, a court heard.

Thomas De Wilton Holmes, 30, found his gambling addiction got out of control after he won £11,000 on online gambling. He kept trying to win more cash but instead lost his money, and then started stealing from his employer, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Kevin Eastwick, prosecuting, said that De Wilton Holmes had worked as assistant manager at the Palace Bingo club in Church Plain for seven years, but only started stealing cash from his employer about a year ago because of his mounting debts.

He said the matter came to light after De Wilton Holmes failed to bank the takings. Further investigations found that he had stolen, in total, £64,373.

When confronted about the matter he admitted what he had done.

“He said he had taken money for about a year following a big win on an online gambling site of £11,000. This seemed to urge him to win more but the win never materialised.”

De Wilton Holmes of East Road, Great Yarmouth, admitted theft and was jailed for a year.

Sentencing him, Judge Stephen Holt said that the gambling win had started his addiction.

John Morgans, for De Wilton Holmes, said: “But for his gambling addiction he would have never committed any sort of offence. The remorse he expresses is genuine.”

Mr Morgans said that De Wilton Holmes planned to get the help of Gamblers Anonymous.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News

The owner of land that was ravaged by a massive fire in Great Yarmouth has re-submitted plans to breathe fresh life into the area.

Police are renewing an appealing for help to trace a man who is wanted in Great Yarmouth.

16:26

Can you give a home to these lovely kittens, cats and dogs, currently in the care of local animal charities? They would love to have their own family.

Villagers in Fritton have proudly unveiled a new sign thanks to a £4,000 grant from a tourism body.

Most Read

Yesterday, 09:12

A gang of would-be robbers who were on their way to carry out a violent raid on a village pub were foiled by armed police who got wind of the plot and planted a listening device.

Read more
Great Yarmouth
Yesterday, 18:20

A man has been air lifted to hospital after collapsing in Great Yarmouth.

Read more
Norfolk and Norwich Hospital
Tue, 12:23

A man has been charged with drink driving at an east coast holiday park.

Read more
Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court
Tue, 13:08

A taxi firm has suspended two drivers over allegations that a passenger with a severe mental health condition was mocked.

Read more
Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Mon, 13:45

A driver who allowed a young child to dangle out of a car window has been stopped by police over safety concerns.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 13°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter