Leeds casino member stole £ 1,300 in chips from roulette table
Sulaiman Masud took the chips from the Victoria Gate Casino on Eastgate in Leeds city center and lost them all while playing at the casino, the Leeds Magistrates’ Court has said.
Prosecutor Lesley Cowling said Masud spotted the unused chips in a box on an unoccupied roulette table just before 11:30 p.m. on September 12, 2019.
Miss Cowling said: “CCTV catches him opening the box and withdrawing £ 1,300 in casino chips.
“Because he’s a member, security was able to identify him.
“He made a full and candid confession, indicating that he had problems with drinking and gambling.
“He said he spent the chips and played them.”
Masud, 25, of Lodge Farm Close, Thornhill, Dewsbury, admitted the theft.
Steven Higgins, mitigating, said: “He accepts that he has a drinking and gambling problem and that in times of stress, when life is not going well for him, he turns to alcohol and urge to play is felt.
“He had broken up with his girlfriend. Life was not going particularly well. He was out of work and unfortunately resumed typing.
“He allowed his urges to drink and gamble to get the upper hand.
“He made a full and candid confession to the police and didn’t even want to see the CCTV.
“He couldn’t have been more cooperative with the police.”
Senior Magistrate John Ashton sentenced Masud to a 12-month community order and 15 days of rehabilitation activity.
Masud also has to do 80 hours of unpaid work and pay £ 500 in compensation to the casino.