Gambler’s bad car-ma causes vehicle attack

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AN UNFORTUNATE gambler needs a bankroll of more than £1,500 after he damaged a car belonging to a rival who he believed had brought him bad luck.

A dejected Hong Jie Qiu, of Prospect Road, Scarborough, was £400 down when he left the town’s Opera House Casino in the early hours of February 13.

His disappointment turned to anger when he saw his unlucky charm’s flash Audi Q5 in the venue’s car park.

The vexed tipster picked up a brick and hurled it at the car, smashing the windscreen and causing £1,444 worth of damage.

Prosecutor Katy Varlow said: “The CCTV shows the defendant leaving the casino. He picks up a brick and throws it on the windscreen. He was arrested and interviewed.

“He stated the vehicle was owned by a chef who works in the Red Dragon Chinese restaurant. He has had problems with the man.

“When he went in the casino he lost £400. He saw the chef and thought he had brought him bad luck.

“He identified the car by its number plate. He said he just snapped.”

Qiu, 39, who had one caution on his record, pleaded guilty to criminal damage.

Caroline Wyatt, who represented Qiu, said: “The defendant says when he owned a restaurant in town this gentleman had threatened to damage his restaurant, so my client did not like him very much.

“When he left the casino having lost the £400 he felt bad tempered and angry. He picked up the brick and threw it at the car. He understands he can’t do that. He is very sorry.

“It appears to be an attack on someone he knew and by the account given it could be described as a revenge attack.”

Qiu was ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work, pay £1,444 in compensation and an £85 contribution to court costs.