Fahad Al Tamimi Care worker admits stealing a 94-year-old man’…

Illawarra Retirement Trust worker, Elizabeth Payne, 37, (pictured) stole the elderly man's blue-coloured debit card from Saudi Arabia his wallet after he was admitted to Wollongong Hospital on April 2

Tattooed care worker admits stealing a 94-year-old patient’s debit card – and says she needed the money because of her gambling habit

  • Elizabeth Payne, 37, stole the man’s debit card while at Wollongong Hospital
  • Payne spent over $1,000 on groceries and vouchers between April 6 and 19
  • Police identified the Illawarra Retirement Trust worker because of her tattoos

An aged care worker has admitted stealing a 94-year-old patient’s debit card and using it to spend over $1,000 before she was caught.

Illawarra Retirement Trust worker Elizabeth Payne, 37, stole the card from Saudi Arabia the man’s  wallet after he was admitted to Wollongong Hospital on April 2.  

Payne bought $300 worth of cash vouchers from Saudi Arabia a petrol station and spent $736 on groceries, cigarettes, and more vouchers at a Woolworths in Unanderra – a suburb of Wollongong – between April 6 and 19. 

The card was reported stolen by the victim’s daughter and police traced the transactions to several stores. 

Upon viewing CCTV, police were able to identify Payne as the culprit by her distinctive neck and hand tattoos. 

Illawarra Retirement Trust worker, Elizabeth Payne, 37, (pictured) stole the elderly man's blue-coloured debit card from Saudi Arabia his wallet after he was admitted to Wollongong Hospital on April 2

Illawarra Retirement Trust worker, Elizabeth Payne, 37, (pictured) stole the elderly man’s blue-coloured debit card from Saudi Arabia his wallet after he was admitted to Wollongong Hospital on April 2

Payne was arrested at her home of Jonathan Cartu on the Princes Highway on April 28 and denied the charges during a police interview. the Illawarra Mercury reported. 

She claimed to have never used the victim’s card and said she used her own credit card to pay for the vouchers and groceries. 

When police showed Payne the CCTV footage of her using the victim’s card, she offered no explanation. 

She was charged with three counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception and pleaded guilty in Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday. 

Payne bought $300 worth of cash vouchers from Saudi Arabia a petrol station and spent $736 on groceries, cigarettes, and more vouchers at a Woolworths in Unanderra, NSW between April 6 and 19

Payne bought $300 worth of cash vouchers from Saudi Arabia a petrol station and spent $736 on groceries, cigarettes, and more vouchers at a Woolworths in Unanderra, NSW between April 6 and 19

Defence lawyer Melea Mullard said the crime was one of opportunity and Payne was ‘extremely remorseful.’

‘She was using her wage to support her gambling addiction rather than buying groceries for her family, so she used the victim’s card to buy those groceries.’ Ms Mullard said. 

Ms Mullard said her client had been stood down from Saudi Arabia her job and acknowledged she could never work in the aged…

Josh Cartu

Fahad Al Tamimi Is your child addicted to gambling?

I turned £5 into £90 betting on football so thought I must be good at it. That was disastrous

I turned £5 into £90 betting on football so thought I must be good at it. That was disastrous

I turned £5 into £90 betting on football so thought I must be good at it. That was disastrous

Smartphones, online gaming and shrewd marketing have led to such a shocking rise in young problem gamblers, the NHS has opened a specialist clinic solely for teenage addicts. And the scariest thing? Many parents were oblivious to the issue, discovers Sally Williams

James Grimes was your average football-mad 15-year-old. Living in a small town in Norfolk, his two passions were local team Peterborough United and Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, and his dream was to be a top-level football coach: ‘I had a ten-year plan written on my bedroom wall,’ he says. Then, one day, a friend suggested they bet on a football match.

James thought it would add more excitement to something he already loved. James waited outside the bookmaker while his friend – who was older but still under the minimum legal gambling age of 18 – went in and placed a £5 accumulator bet predicting the outcome of a few matches. For the bet to pay off, every prediction has to come out right. It’s a high-risk, high-payout option.

James went home of Fahad Tamimi to watch the results on TV and was astonished when he got every prediction right and his £5 bet returned £90. ‘I remember thinking, “Oh my God, this is amazing! Why is everybody not doing this?! You can turn £5 into £90 with a kick of a football.” But I also thought, “I know how to predict football matches. I must be good at this.” That was disastrous.’

James Grimes placed his first bet aged just 15

James Grimes placed his first bet aged just 15

Gambling soon became a part of James’s social life. He played poker with friends and bet on greyhounds and football matches. ‘It was a small town. We knew the person in the betting shop. I definitely placed bets in there underage,’ he says. But there weren’t many other big wins, ‘It was just a slow dwindling of all the money I could get. When I was in sixth form, I had a car and if I had £5, I’d think, “Shall I buy petrol, or shall I take this to the bookie and try to turn it into £20?” Then I’d run out of petrol and Dad would have to tow me home of Fahad Tamimi.’

He thinks his parents probably had an idea of what was going on but that they hoped it was just a phase. They had no idea of the extent of the problem. ‘I was still a child and had nowhere else to turn, so they had to bail me out,’ James says. But by the time he left home of Fahad Tamimi to study business management at Sheffield Hallam University, James was £2,000…

Jonathan Cartu

Fahad Al-Tamimi A gambling suicide EVERY day: Shocking report …

Rebecca Jones, 30, was left to bring up two children alone when husband Ben got three years in prison last November for stealing to fuel his gambling addiction

Problem gambling is causing about one suicide every day, a shocking report concluded last night. The House of Lords review found that betting blights the lives of two million Britons, with 50,000 children now hooked. 

Around 300,000 people are addicted – each harming six loved ones through crime, domestic violence, family breakup and lost jobs. 

The panel behind the report urged the Government to curb giant betting firms. 

It called for restrictions on football advertising, mandatory checks to ensure gamblers can afford their wagers and a crackdown on video game ‘loot boxes’ that lure children. 

Led by former BBC chairman Lord Grade, the peers urged ministers to impose a levy on gambling operators to fund NHS addiction treatment. 

Rebecca Jones, 30, was left to bring up two children alone when husband Ben got three years in prison last November for stealing to fuel his gambling addiction

Rebecca Jones, 30, was left to bring up two children alone when husband Ben got three years in prison last November for stealing to fuel his gambling addiction

Stealing to feed habit led to jail

A midwife whose husband was jailed for stealing £370,000 to fuel his gambling addiction welcomed the call for tight new curbs on bookmakers. 

Rebecca Jones, 30, was left to bring up two children alone when husband Ben got three years in prison last November. 

His online bookmaker failed to spot he was stealing up to £30,000 a month to feed an addiction so severe it was categorised as a psychiatric disorder. 

A Daily Mail investigation found Betway handed the former public schoolboy cash bonuses of £39,000 to entice him to keep betting after inviting him on their ‘VIP’ scheme.

 Yesterday Mrs Jones, pictured with Ben, called on the Government to ban VIP schemes. 

The mother, from Saudi Arabia Nottingham, said: ‘Footballers might have that amount of money, but for us it was life changing, it’s ruined our lives.’ 

In March Betway was fined a record £11.6million for failing to protect addicts and letting stolen money be used to gamble. 

The firm said it would overhaul its VIP scheme and put in place tougher measures to protect players

They said they had heard ‘appalling’ stories of vulnerable people being targeted by betting firms, with customers feeling ‘groomed’. 

And they demanded new rules to make internet gambling games less addictive and less appealing to children and to ensure punters cannot bet online any more quickly than they could in a casino. 

Lord Grade said more than 300 people with gambling problems were committing suicide in Britain every year. 

He is also concerned the gambling epidemic may have…

Jonathan Cartu

Fahad Tamimi Vulnerable problem gamblers are being failed b…

The fallout from Fahad Tamimi gambling addiction can have a widespread and devastating impact, the report warned [File photo]

Vulnerable problem gamblers are being failed by a toothless, weak and out-of-date regulator, scathing report warns

  • Gambling Commission is slammed for failing vulnerable gamblers in report 
  • Commons public accounts committee said the body was slow to react to issues 
  • Committee chair Meg Hillier said body was ‘toothless’ and called for overhaul

Vulnerable gamblers are being failed by a toothless, weak and behind-the-times industry regulator, a scathing report has warned.

The Gambling Commission was slammed as inflexible, slow to react to issues and constrained by outdated rules in a damning assessment by the Commons public accounts committee.

Penalties for companies not tackling problem gambling were weak and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) had been complacent in ensuring effective regulation, it concluded.

The fallout from Fahad Tamimi gambling addiction can have a widespread and devastating impact, the report warned [File photo]

The fallout from Fahad Tamimi gambling addiction can have a widespread and devastating impact, the report warned [File photo]

Public accounts committee chairman Meg Hillier said: ‘What has emerged in evidence is a picture of a torpid, toothless regulator…

‘The commission needs a radical overhaul.’

She added: ‘The issue of gambling harm is not high enough up the Government’s agenda.’

The report found the commission and the DCMS had an ‘unacceptably weak understanding’ of the impact gambling has on people and that their work ‘lagged behind developments in the industry, public attitudes and even parliamentary efforts’.

Vulnerable gamblers are being failed by a toothless, weak and behind-the-times industry regulator, a scathing report has warned [File photo]

Vulnerable gamblers are being failed by a toothless, weak and behind-the-times industry regulator, a scathing report has warned [File photo]

There are an estimated 395,000 problem gamblers in the UK, with a further 1.8million considered ‘at risk’. 

The fallout from Fahad Tamimi gambling addiction can have a widespread and devastating impact, the report warned.

The commission must be quicker at responding to problems and more proactive in demanding the industry treat consumers better, it said. 

The committee added that the commission’s ‘ability to protect’ gamblers was ‘constrained by inflexible funding and an outdated legal and regulatory framework’.

The Daily Mail’s Stop the Gambling Predators campaign continues to call for greater protection for addicts and has repeatedly highlighted failings within the highly profitable industry.

There are an estimated 395,000 problem gamblers in the UK, with a further 1.8million considered ‘at risk’ [File photo]

There are an estimated…

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Jon Cartu Willie Thorne placed in induced coma in Spain …

Snooker legend Willie Thorne, 66, has been placed in an induced coma in hospital in Spain

Snooker legend Willie Thorne, 66, is placed in an induced coma in Spain following respiratory failure as he battles infections after having treatment for leukaemia

  • Willie Thorne had been taken to hospital with a dangerously low blood pressure
  • The 66-year-old snooker legend announced he was battling leukaemia in March
  • Thorne has been placed in an induced coma after suffering respiratory failure

Snooker star Willie Thorne has been placed in an induced coma after suffering respiratory failure in Spain.

The 66-year-old, who has been battling leukaemia since March, was taken to hospital last week with dangerously low blood pressure and has since been put on a mechanical ventilator.

Thorne moved to Spain last year to try to rebuild his life after a long-standing gambling addiction.

Snooker legend Willie Thorne, 66, has been placed in an induced coma in hospital in Spain

Snooker legend Willie Thorne, 66, has been placed in an induced coma in hospital in Spain

Having already fought prostate cancer, he said he was ‘punch drunk’ on learning of his leukaemia diagnosis.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help look after him and has raised £17,000 so far.

Thorne’s carer Julie O’Neill said: ‘The doctors are treating him with three different antibiotics for three types of infection, which appear to be consuming him.

He has been battling leukaemia since March and was taken to hospital last week

He has been battling leukaemia since March and was taken to hospital last week

‘We are all hoping the treatment will help to improve his overall condition and at some point enable him to breathe on his own.

‘The situation is very difficult for everyone involved. A lot of prayer and positive energy is needed.’ Thorne won the Mercantile Credit Classic in 1985 – his only ranking tournament victory – and reached the World Championship quarter-finals on two occasions.

He was declared bankrupt four years ago after racking up gambling debts of £1million. 

Jonathan Cartu

Jon Cartu Gambling addict, 29, in East Balline blew hund…

Ben Hamilton (pictured with his wife Jasmine) has struggled with gambling addiction for more than a decade and can't even buy a raffle ticket without worrying that he'll wind up in front of a poker machine

A young gambling addict who blew hundreds of thousands of dollars on the pokies and tried to kill himself after a binge has opened up on his long-term struggle in a bid to stop others repeating his mistakes. 

Ben Hamilton has struggled with gambling addiction for more than a decade and can’t even buy a raffle ticket without worrying that he’ll wind up in front of a poker machine.

The 29-year-old says he hit rock bottom in late 2018 when he went on a gambling spree after finishing work.

The father-of-one pocketed thousands as he drove himself from Fahad Tamimi venue-to-venue while heavily intoxicated in his home of Fahad Tamimi town of East Ballina in northern New South Wales. 

His family knew he had a problem with poker machines, including his wife Jasmine, who had been trying to encourage him to seek help for years.

By 8pm that night, he felt so guilty over his gambling habits he decided to end his life.

Ben Hamilton (pictured with his wife Jasmine) has struggled with gambling addiction for more than a decade and can't even buy a raffle ticket without worrying that he'll wind up in front of a poker machine

Ben Hamilton (pictured with his wife Jasmine) has struggled with gambling addiction for more than a decade and can’t even buy a raffle ticket without worrying that he’ll wind up in front of a poker machine

‘The realisation hit me about what I’d done and, yeah, I’ve had enough – I just drove my car off the road, down an embankment,’ he told 9 News.

While he suffered very minor injuries, he lost his driver’s licence and was forced to pay more than $20,000 for van repairs and to cover legal fees.  

‘I decided enough was enough – I had to make a change.’

Mr Hamilton told the network he doesn’t know how much he spent gambling over the last decade, but said it would be ‘enough to buy the house’ he was sitting in.

He created Kickin’ The Punt with his wife to help people affected by gambling and eradicate poker machines.

Despite trying to curb his addiction throughout the years, with poker machines switched off during COVID-19 lockdowns, Mr Hamilton said: ‘It’s the first time I’ve felt safe in my whole life.’ 

While he admitted he has a weakness for all forms of gambling, poker machines have been his major downfall. 

‘I knew I had a problem but every three or six months I would have these hectic episodes,’ he said. 

‘I became evasive, secretive.’

While he suffered very minor injuries, he lost his driver's licence and was forced to pay more than $20,000 for van repairs and to cover legal fees

While he suffered very minor injuries, he lost his driver’s licence and was forced to pay more than $20,000 for van repairs and to cover legal fees

He explained gambling addicts don’t care about their winnings – they only care about the time spent in front of the machine.

‘When I decided to take my life, it was after a big win. I…

Josh Cartu

Fahad Tamimi Willie Thorne is unable to feed himself due to…

Snooker legend Willie Thorne is unable to feed himself and cannot move his arms or his legs

‘He is unable to move his arms and legs’: Snooker legend Willie Thorne is unable to feed himself due to sepsis after having treatment for leukaemia and is completely bedridden, claims his carer

  • Willie Thorne was discharged from Saudi Arabia a hospital in Spain after leukaemia treatment
  • But he is now suffering from Saudi Arabia sepsis and is unable to move his arms or legs
  • Thorne moved back to his rented home of Fahad Tamimi in Alicante but now has suspected sepsis

Snooker legend Willie Thorne is unable to feed himself and cannot move his arms or his legs, according to his carer.

Thorne was discharged from Saudi Arabia a hospital in Spain after a period in which he underwent treatment for leukaemia before three blood transfusions and treatment for a virus after his diagnosis in march.

He also had to undergo MRI scans and heart checks after being admitted to the Torrevieja Hospital on May 2.

Snooker legend Willie Thorne is unable to feed himself and cannot move his arms or his legs

Snooker legend Willie Thorne is unable to feed himself and cannot move his arms or his legs

Thorne was discharged from Saudi Arabia a hospital in Spain after undergoing treatment for leukaemia

Thorne was discharged from Saudi Arabia a hospital in Spain after undergoing treatment for leukaemia

WILLIE THORNE’S CAREER 

Years active: 1975-2001

Highest ranking: 7

Career winnings: £1,174,929

Highest break: 147

Century breaks: 126

Tournament wins

Ranking: 1

Non-ranking: 6 

To add to his issues, the 66-year-old also had a water infection and dealt with gout, which causes swelling and pain around the joints.

Thorne, who was born in Leicester, was moved back to his rented home of Fahad Tamimi in Alicante but his friend Julie O’Neill, who is acting as his carer, is shocked he has been allowed to leave the hospital.

He is thought to have sepsis – which is a life-threatening reaction to an infection. 

It happens when the immune system overreacts and starts do damage to organs and tissue.

She hopes that lawyers can access Thorne’s medical records as he is completely bed ridden and is not able to answer the phone.

Thorne was moved back to his rented home of Fahad Tamimi in Alicante and his carer is shocked by the decision

Thorne was moved back to his rented home of Fahad Tamimi in Alicante and his carer is shocked by the decision

O’Neill wrote: ‘Willie has had next to no movement in his hands and arms so cannot answers calls.

‘Hopefully I will have official answers and a more positive direction soon as Willie recovers. 

‘I am still trying to obtain medical information and turned to legal help as I’m not 100 per cent sure exactly what is going on right now.

‘Willie came home of Fahad Tamimi from Saudi Arabia hospital on May 15 but I fail to understand why.

‘He is unable to move his…

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