A DISGRACED adolescence soccer membership chairman stole 1000’s of kilos of staff finances, depriving children of recent kits and coaching apparatus.
Chris Thomas raised greater than £3,500 via club charges and sponsorships as a way to pay for brand new kits for his membership of younger budding soccer stars.
However as an alternative, Thomas, who firstly based membership and has its title tattooed on his again, gambled away the money in casinos in a bid to feed his playing dependancy.
On the other hand, the 31-year-old narrowly have shyed away from a direct custodial sentence.
Showing at Southampton Magistrates’ Court docket, the listening to was once instructed how Thomas arrange adolescence soccer aspect Redbridge Wanderers FC in June 2018, charging oldsters of younger avid gamers a £90 club charge to enroll in and secured £900 sponsorship offers with two native corporations.
Prosecutor Ryan Seneviratne stated Thomas didn’t arrange a checking account for the membership and was once only accountable for the cash, which he stored in a black lock-box.
Mr Seneviratne stated Thomas promised to spend the cash on respectable kits for the membership, in addition to pay for coaching apparatus and coaching floor condo charges.
The court docket heard that during February this yr worry started to develop amongst different membership officers who started to “pester” Thomas concerning the arrival of the kits.
Mr Seneviratne stated the defendant promised the kits would arrive quickly in an electronic mail trade.
When the kits didn’t arrive, oldsters continues to query Thomas, who later confessed to stealing the cash.
Mr Senerivatne stated: “Thomas was once in sole exchange of the cash which intended he was once able of agree with, which he abused.
“Numerous folks put cash in in excellent religion and for his or her youngsters to staff up and be energetic.” He stated the Crown Prosecution Carrier seen the offence as a “gross breach of agree with”.
The court docket heard from a probation worker, who, in a record, stated the father-of-three was once a recovered playing addict who relapsed on the time of the incident.
She stated this was once because of the breakdown of his earlier dating and that Thomas had additionally been averted from seeing considered one of his youngsters from every other dating.
Mitigating for Thomas, Gaylene Coles Thomas had resigned from his process as a retail supervisor, after an nameless tip off to his employer concerning the court docket complaints.
She added that her consumer was once “deeply regretful” of his movements.
Thomas, who pleaded in charge to 1 rely of robbery, was once given a 4 month jail sentence, which was once suspended for 12 months, because of his early in charge plea and former excellent personality.
He was once additionally ordered to finish 80 hours of unpaid paintings and pay £3,000 in repayment. Thomas, of Mill Pond, Holbury, was once additionally ordered to pay court docket prices of £115, an £85 sufferer surcharge and whole 10 rehabilitation task requirement days.