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Gambling addict who accidentally broke man's nose when attacking betting machine with chair is spared jail

He launched a metal seat at the machine, which bounced off and hit a punter in the face

A gambling addict who accidentally broke a man's nose when he attacked a betting machine with a metal chair has been spared jail.

Mouhamed Amara, 20, was in Ladbrokes in west Ealing on March 10 when he became enraged that he had squandered his money.

The Greenford resident then picked up his metal seat and launched it at the machine in his anger, Southwark Crown Court heard.

However, the chair bounced off the screen and struck punter Amza Andrei in the face, fracturing his nose and bruising his cheek.

Less than a month later, on April 1, Amara and another man were spotted acting suspiciously around Chinawhite nightclub, in the West End.

Shortly after, they were pulled over in a taxi and Amara, of Ruislip Road, was arrested after being seen discarding a credit card.

CCTV footage revealed the pair had used three stolen credit cards at Sainsbury's in the Strand to make contactless payments totalling more than £2,000 in less than an hour.

More than £2,000 of contactless payments were made in the Strand(Image: Google Maps)

Amara, who was allegedly addicted to prescription drug Chlonazepam and cocaine, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, fraud and failing to attend court on a previous occasion.

He was jailed for three months for assault occasioning actually bodily harm and given three months consecutive for fraud, suspended for 18 months.

Speaking at his sentencing on Monday (October 30), Judge Philip Bartle, QC, said the 20-year-old is now "looking at the rest of [his] life"

He added: “I am giving you an opportunity by this suspension to prove that what has been said on your behalf and in the pre-sentence report is correct.”

Amara, who is now under a two-month 9pm till 5am curfew, must also complete 125 hours of unpaid work and 40 days rehabilitation.

Compensation of £100 must be paid to Mr Andrei within six months, but no separate penalty was imposed for the failure to attend.

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