FAILED TO PAY UP, BOOKMAKER SENT TO PRISON (1933)

On Friday the 29th of September 1933 a Bookmaker was sent to prison and sentenced to 60 days.

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William Ward appeared before hon Sheriff-substitute Loudon at Hamilton Sheriff Court and was charged with accepting bets on a horse which ran at Hamilton Park Racecourse without being able to fulfill the financial obligations undertaken by him, whereby he did defraud the persons who had placed bets with him of sums amounting to £8, 12s 6d.

The number of people who he defrauded was said to be 59 and came from the districts of Lanarkshire, Ayr & Glasgow. The Fiscal stated that that the accused acted under various names but at Hamilton Park he had traded under the name of William Woodhall 87 Hulston Street, Manchester. In a statement made by the accused to the police, he said that he started with little or no money, and the first race won 24s, and lost 16s in the second race.

The accused was accepting bets for the third race, on a horse with better odds than other bookmakers. As a result, he attracted attention and drew in £10, but on this horse winning the race he had to pay out £50. If the accused had been an honest man, then he would have balanced his books and accepted accordingly.

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An agent of the accused stated that he had come north for the Scottish circuit, and when at Hamilton was informed by an associate that the horse referred to did not have a chance of winning the race. His friend also said that he would pay out any money required, but at the end of the race the accused could not see him.

The crowd became very hostile, and to avert a scene, and for the accused’s own safety, he had to be taken into custody. Because of this he did not have time to make any arrangements to pay the money, or as is frequently done, have another pay out the money.

The Fiscal stated that the accused’s clerk had absconded and accused refused to give the police his name and address. The Sheriff said that it was a very grave offence and that could not be looked over.

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