RSL boss gets jail term suspended

A MANAGER of an RSL who got addicted to gambling placed a number of $500 bets on Keno, on credit, while the club was closed.

Ian Thomas Hampton pleaded guilty to a dishonesty charge in the Rockhampton District Court on Tuesday.

Crown Prosecutor Claire Kelsey said Mr Hampton had been working at the Winton RSL for 11 years, about seven days a week, at the time of the offence.

The court heard on October 26, 2008, Mr Hampton placed several $500 bets, on credit, on Keno from the venue, while the establishment was closed.

"He was diagnosed just after this offence with depression," Ms Kelsey said.

The court heard Tabcorp rang the establishment just after the bets were placed and Mr Hampton indicated to them there were other people in the venue.

Judge David Reid, in handing down the sentence and reading through the facts of the case, said on December 29, 2008, Mr Hampton told the president of the club management committee that he resigned effectively immediately.

He said Mr Hampton informed the president of his gambling actions at the same time.

Judge Reid said Mr Hampton then went and told police.

Mr Hampton underwent gambling counselling through Relationship Australia and under his 12-months probation period, he continued that counselling.

The 59-year-old father of two adult children has returned to employment with the Longreach RSL.

Judge Reid sentenced Mr Hampton to 12-months imprisonment, wholly suspended, operational for two years.



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