He claimed he put $50 in the machine but staff assured him it was just a $5 note.
He claimed he put $50 in the machine but staff assured him it was just a $5 note.

$50 punt on the pokies costs player $1200 in fines

FRUSTRATION arising from a dispute over a poker machine made for an expensive night out at the pub for a Toowoomba man.

Dylan Roger Angus Cuthel had sat down at a machine in the pokie room of the Wilsonton Hotel about 5pm, November 14, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

Two spins in and he contacted staff complaining he had put $50 in the machine which had swallowed his cash after just two spins, police prosecutor Sergeant Tim Hutton told the court.

The staff assured him he had only placed a $5 note into the machine, prompting him to become even more angry and swear at staff who told him to leave.

Ignoring the staff requests, he continued to argue and swear at staff in front of other patrons until the bar manager had told him to leave.

The angry 31-year-old had exited the room, pushing the glass door so forcefully that the glass smashed, Sgt Hutton said.

Spoken to by police on December 6, he was shown CCTV footage of the incident and he had told officers he had been drinking at home before going to the pub that day, he said.

Cuthel pleaded guilty to charges of wilful damage and being drunk or disorderly on licensed premises.

His solicitor Claire Graham, of Peters Criminal Lawyers, said the incident would cost her client dearly.

“He will be paying more than the $50 he was arguing over,” she said.

Her client had co-operated with police and accepted the restitution.

Acting Magistrate Lisa O’Neill noted Cuthel had become frustrated when he thought he’d “been diddled”.

She fined him $600, ordered he pay restitution of $600 for the door but ordered the conviction not be recorded.

Originally published as $50 punt on the pokies costs player $1200 in fines