Gambling Addict Takes Hammer to Betting Machines
A gambling addict in England, Robert Deeming, took a hammer to controversial betting machines and smashed them up. He claims that he was trying to highlight how much money is lost on them.Deeming regularly lost up to £4,000 a month playing roulette on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). Consumed by anger he attacked six machines at two bookmakers in Chatham. The machines were located at branches of William Hill and Coral on Military Road.
He has since been arrested and charged with two counts of criminal damage. He has been banned from going to any betting shop for two months and been placed under curfew for four months.
Deeming also had to pay £300 in compensation and £145 in court costs.
Deeming said, “I have frequented betting shops all my life. I had been playing them all month after some personal problems in my life got on top of me. The bad news just sent me off the rails. l had lost thousands in less than a month and I only had a little bit left and I was frustrated about it.”