Gambling Addict Steals From Daughter

Gambling Addict Steals From Daughter

Written by: ava carson on 20/02/2012 12:00

Margaret Davies of Rowan Road, Inverness, addicted to playing slots at a bingo club stole £7,000 from her daughter Celeste Stewart.

Celeste regularly sent her mother money from Kenya on a regular basis to cover expenses on two properties she owned in Inverness. But her mum used the money to play bingo hall slots machines.

Davies confessed to stealing the money between August 2009 and May 2011 after her daughter became suspicious over a bill not paid for installing a new bathroom in one of her flats.

Depute David Bernard said that the daughter asked a friend to get the money from her mother but that the friend was unable to reach her.
"On this date the complainer accused her mother of stealing the money," said Mr Bernard.

"The accused reacted angrily to this and said the money would be in her account within a week. The matter was raised with the police and inquiries carried out, and the accused attended on a voluntary basis at Burnet Road Police Station.

"During interview she confirmed that she had control of her daughter’s finances and made a full confession that she had used the money to gamble on the slot machines at the bingo in Inverness."

Solicitor Duncan Henderson told Sheriff Ian Abercrombie: "This is a truly tragic case. My client knows she has let not only her family and society, but herself down.

"She is, frankly, mortified to be in court. She accepts entirely that it is her own fault, that she lost money on these gambling machines, and a breach of trust on top of that.

"She gave up work to look after her mother who was in poor health and died shortly thereafter. Her children had left home and it is in that vacuum, for want of a better word, that she has fallen into this gambling addiction."

The 71 year old mother and widow was deferred sentence for six months due to good behavior with a stipulation to repay some of the money to her daughter. Sheriff Abercrombie also imposed a home curfew from 6pm to 6am.

He told her: "Were it not for your age, and the fact that you are totally contrite and have already made steps to repay part of this money which you filched from your daughter in a breach of family trust, I would not be persuaded to defer sentence."

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