Luck in for man in casino theft

064035a   Facade  of the Opera House Casino, St Thomas Street, lit by purple lights  'in Casino Supp   3/10/06        pic AH
064035a Facade of the Opera House Casino, St Thomas Street, lit by purple lights 'in Casino Supp 3/10/06 pic AH

A FORMER manager at Scarborough’s Opera House Casino who abused his position to steal £3,000 from the venue has avoided an immediate jail term.

Michael Davison, 45, of Caledonia Street, was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment but the judge agreed to suspend the sentence for a period of one year.

Scarborough Magistrates Court

Scarborough Magistrates Court

He will also undergo supervision from the probation service for 12 months and complete 180 hours of unpaid work.

The sentencing hearing took place at York Crown Court.

Davison pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by employee during an earlier hearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

Then, prosecutor Steve Ovenden said: “There was a breach of trust – £3,000 is a significant sum of money and there was a degree of planning.

“There are various cash drop boxes. You need one electrical key and one physical key to access them.

“He was seen on CCTV with the boxes, before he moved to an area where there were no cameras.

“He worked out what he needed to do and how to execute it.”

Mr Ovenden added: “He took the money after a busy night when he knew there were large discrepancies in drop amounts.”

Davison admitted to taking the cash after an internal investigation was launched at the casino and a disciplinary hearing took place.

He was arrested by police and made admissions when he was interviewed.

Davison had two previous convictions, although they were for dissimilar matters.

He was last before the courts in 2005 when he was convicted of common assault.

An application under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 has also been made.

If successful, it would mean the money Davison made dishonestly would be confiscated.

The Proceeds of Crime Act application hearing is set to take place on December 12 at York Crown Court.