BENT BOOKIE GAVE PALS WIN­NING SLIPS

Scam earned him thou­sands, court told Jail for golf­ing thefts

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By STIAN ALEXAN­DER

A BOOKIE has been spared jail af­ter be­ing caught hand­ing out more than £17,000 in win­ning bets to fund his co­caine habit. Luca Bart­ley doled out the fixed-odds bet­ting slips to pals while he was work­ing at Lad­brokes in Sut­ton High Street, south west London, and shared the cash with mates af­ter they picked up their nolose bets.

Croy­don Crown Court heard how he handed out slips worth £17,290 to friends and as­so­ciates be­tween Jan­uary and June last year.

The 22-yearold, of Sut­ton, told the court he had stolen the money to pay off a string of drug debts which he had racked up dur­ing a “low point in his life” when he had a £1,000-a-week co­caine habit.

The court heard how the Bart­ley handed out a range of fixed odds bet­ting slips, from £20 to £1,255 over the six­month pe­riod.

Ad­dic­tion

Bosses at Lad­brokes sacked Bart­ley af­ter notic­ing “ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties” when­ever Bart­ley was work­ing at the book­ies.

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Blom-cooper, de­fend­ing, told the court that “ev­ery­thing” Bart­ley stole was “to pay for his ad­dic­tion”.

But Judge War­wick Mckin­non, in re­ply to the de­fence lawyer, said: “So what? I’m not im­pressed by that at all.

“He stole the money and blew it all on co­caine, it’s a fa­mil­iar story and a very se­ri­ous mat­ter.”

Bart­ley is now work­ing as a £300-aweek labourer with his fa­ther, the court heard.

He pleaded guilty to theft by an em­ployee and was or­dered to re­pay the full amount to the book­ies at £100-aweek.

He was also given a six month jail term, sus­pended for two years. A GAM­BLING ad­dict who made £100k nick­ing golf gear from his boss and flog­ging them on ebay has been jailed.

Steven Fulcher, 27, stole cloth­ing and clubs from the Tim Jenk­ins Golf Academy in Stock­ton-on-tees, where he had worked for four years.

But the shop worker flogged the academy’s stock on ebay un­der the name bernie862.

Fulcher, of In­gleby Bar­wick, ad­mit­ted theft, fraud by false rep­re­sen­ta­tion and con­vert­ing crim­i­nal prop­erty.

He was jailed for two years and four months.

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