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Wherstead: Delivery driver who had an addiction to gambling stole £1,500 from his bosses at Suffolk Food Hall

13:46 12 February 2014

The Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead

The Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead

A man with a gambling addiction stole more than £1,500 from Suffolk Food Hall after lying about his previous convictions to get a job as a delivery driver, a court has heard.

The Suffolk Food Hall at Wherstead2 The Suffolk Food Hall at Wherstead

Luke Dummer failed to mention his previous convictions for dishonesty when he applied for a job as a driver at the food hall at Wherstead near Ipswich and within a few weeks of starting his new job he began pocketing money belonging to his employers, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

On one occasion he stole £183 he was given as payment for meat he delivered to a pub in Dedham and when he was questioned about the missing money he denied ever being given it.

Less than a week later he was given £1,500 by his bosses to pay market traders at Spitalfields market in London but it was later discovered he hadn’t paid them and had kept the money, said Marc Brown, prosecuting.

Two days later Dummer stole a further £100 after being given the money to buy fuel for the van he was using. After filling up with £65 worth of diesel he left without paying for it after claiming he had left the company fuel card in another vehicle and needed to go and get it.

Dummer, 27, of Turret Lane, Ipswich admitted three offences of theft from Suffolk Food Hall in May last year and fraud by failing to inform his employers about his previous convictions in a job appplication form. He was jailed for 27 weeks.

He was ordered to pay £880 compensation to Suffolk Food Hall and agreed not to pursue a £900 claim for unpaid wages.

Juliet Donovan for Dummer said her client had an entrenched gambling addiction which he had been seeking help for from Gamblers Anonymous.

She said Dummer had got a buzz out of taking the money and seeing if he could get away with it.

Miss Donovan said Dummer was “deeply sorry” for what he had done to his employers who had given him the job and had trusted him.

“He wants to pay back the money he has taken,” said Miss Donovan.


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