Crime and punishment: Machine thieves sentenced

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A man who stole £700 from an arcade in Hull in order to fund a drug addiction has been handed a ten month suspended sentence and ten days community service by Hull Crown Court.

 

Former British Gas engineer Ibraham Hashi, who caused £5,000 worth of damage to four machines at Showcase Amusements in July 2018, was caught after DNA evidence established his involvement.

“You do not have a record to be proud of but it is clear to me that you are able to stay out of trouble for a significant length of time,” Judge David Tremberg told Hashi, after defence lawyer Michael Forrest told the court “he has voluntarily sought input with his drug addiction and is conquering it.”

Meanwhile, at a Proceeds of Crime hearing at Preston Crown Court this month, the outcome was more forceful. Brothers Denver and Dale Peel were ordered to repay over £9,000 stolen from gaming machines at Charnock Richard services on the M6.

The Morecambe-based pair targeted the machines on two occasions in 2017, with the ruling now stipulating they repay the Welcome Break company £9,154.54 in losses.

Should the Peels not pay within the time limit decided by Judge David Potter, they will face a combined sentence of seven months in jail, with the repayment still outstanding.

Dale Peel was previously given a 12 month community order with 160 hours of community service, while Denver Peel was given a ten month prison sentence, suspended for two years.


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