South Yorkshire business boss's champagne lifestyle turned sour

A former South Yorkshire businessman stole champagne from Tesco after gambling away his fortune.

Friday, 6th January 2017, 12:03 pm
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 11:43 am
Court case
Court case

Wayne Singleton ran to a parked car and drove off after he was challenged by staff at the store but his licence number was traced.

The 48-year-old of Redgrave Place, Flanderwell, Rotherham, admitted stealing £59 of shopping when he appeared before Mansfield magistrates.

He and a female companion were on October 13 spotted on CCTV before staff followed them outside the Ollerton store, said prosecutor Robert Carr.

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He fled after telling staff he had no time to get a receipt. When questioned last month, Singleton told police he “panicked”.

Zahra Hussain, mitigating, said the offence was “completely out of character".

Singleton was a successful businessman who owned properties, including a snooker club, but lost everything due to a gambling addiction.

He subsequently worked at DFS for four years but “struggled with the change in lifestyle” and fell into depression.

“He says this was a wake-up call for him,” said Ms Hussain, adding Singleton, who was on ESA, is due to start another new job.

Singleton, who had a previous unrelated conviction from 2010, was fined £120, ordered to pay £85 costs and £30 victim surcharge.