Jail sentence hanging over gambling addict

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A JAIL sentence hangs over a gambling addict who stole more than £2,300 while working as deputy manager of a Bakewell hotel.

Christian Read, who took cash from the Rutland Arms Hotel over a four-month period, was addicted to bandit machines, a court heard.

Read helped himself to sums ranging from £198 to £584 on six occasions between March 3 and July 16.

Read, 37, of Smedley Street, Matlock, admitted six charges of theft totalling £2,376.14. He said he stole money to pay for his rent and increasing gambling habit. He said he was spending £100-£200 regularly on slot machines in public houses,

Presiding magistrate at Chesterfield Grant Stothart said the thefts were “a massive breach of trust”. He jailed Read for three months but suspended the term for 18 months.

He also ordered Read to do 150 hours unpaid work and pay full compensation, with £85 costs.

“I can’t believe what I have done and I feel a bit stupid. I want to get help to get rid of my gambling addiction,” said Read.

“I’m really sorry for what I’ve done and the people affected by it. I enjoyed my job and it’s a massive loss for me,” he told the court.