Gambling Addict Kills Pedestrian In Rush To Return To CasinoApril 16, 2012 2:17 pm
A gambling addict has been jailed for three years and four months, after running over and killing a pedestrian in his hurry to return back to the casino where he had just lost his money.
After losing at a Bournemouth casino in the UK, Peter Chen, 40, had gone home to get more cash before hitting Ray Tutton, 46, on his way back while speeding in his Nissan Micra at 60mph in a 30mph zone.
Apparently, Mr Tutton was walking a few paces ahead of his wife Liz, 47, in Poole, Dorset, when he was hit on a pedestrian crossing and flung 30 metres away, dying shortly later in hospital. Meanwhile, Malaysian national Chen didn’t stop at the scene and took off, but was apprehended by two nightclub doormen Mike Coombes, 20, and Jamie Lindsay, 21 who pursued then blocked him in before police arrived.
Peter Chen could have faced a maximum of 14 years in prison for the crime, but handing down the little over three year sentence Judge Samuel Wiggs told him:
“You were in such a hurry to get back to the casino that, on a road you must have been familiar with, you completely failed to see the light was red. You took the life of a hard-working family man and it doesn’t need me to go through the anguish that will have caused those close to him. They had no idea that the happy evening was going to turn out so tragically – you were responsible for that.”
In addition, Chen was also given a 5 year driving ban, with the overall lenient sentence suprising many, including the two men who caught Chen, who labelled it “shocking” and “disgusting.”
Commenting on the whole tragedy, Mrs Tutton said that even the maximum sentence wouldn’t have been enough, adding: “Nothing will bring Ray back. In some ways it would have been more understandable if it had been a teenager who had been drinking; not a 40-year-old man who was stone-cold sober and all because of his gambling habit.”