A MAN stole a digital camera and accessories worth £300 to fund his gambling habit, a court has heard.
Mark Enamu, 40, of Gutter Hill in Rhos, was working at a community garden at Kingsley Circle Community Centre in Caia Park on August 20 when he asked management committee member Dorothy Mitchell if he could be allowed into the centre to use the toilet, Wrexham Magistrates Court heard yesterday.
Justin Espie, prosecuting, said she unlocked the door but noticed he was in there for a long time.
When she later went in the centre to check her handbag, she noticed her digital camera, which contained a number of photos of sentimental value, had been taken.
Miss Mitchell asked Enamu and his care worker if they had seen the camera but they said they had not.
However thanks to some detective work she later found it at a branch of Cash Converters in Wrexham where the defendant had sold it on for £50.
Mr Espie said: “She went to Cash Converters and asked if they had seen the camera and they said they did have one matching the description.
“The police were called and a sales receipt in the defendant’s name was found.
“When officers attended his home address, he made full admissions and said he had sold it.”
Justine McVitie, defending, said: “It was very much an opportunistic offence.
“At the time of the offence he had a massive gambling addiction to slot machines and then scratchcards.
“He sold it to raise money for gambling. He’s genuinely remorseful about the offence and fortunately the victim has been reunited with her camera, which had sentimental value.”
Enamu had pleaded guilty to the offence at a previous hearing and appeared for sentencing after a pre sentence report was prepared by the probation service.
Magistrates ordered him to undertake a six-month community order with a supervision order and a requirement to undertake a gambling workbook.
He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
l Speaking afterwards, Miss Mitchell slammed the sentence.
She said: “I think it’s totally useless. Where’s the payback? I’m very disappointed with the result.
“I was happy to get my camera back but it’s left me upset as it had pictures of my mother and of a friend who passed away.
“I knew it was stolen by him and I wondered where was he likely to go to sell it so I went into Cash Converters and fortunately they had it.”