An Online Gambler’s Tolerant Partner

An Online Gambler’s Tolerant Partner Earlier this week, Tracy King, a 39-year-old mother of three, managed to escape jail time despite her confessing to stealing a large amount of her partner’s money to fund her online gambling. Chelmsford Crown Court released her on Thursday primarily due to her partner’s forgiving attitude.

According to the East Anglian Daily Times, King stole from her partner Gavin Ling's savings account a sum of GBP 197,876, after she guessed his online banking passcode. Thanks to a similar technique, she stole a further GBP 48,965 from her uncle, spending a grand total of close to a whopping GBP 250,000 on internet gambling websites.

The Court was told, however, that no money was yet recovered.

King received a sentence of 18 months jail, which was suspended after Ling told the court that he has forgiven his partner, stating that “money means nothing – having my partner home with my family means more than anything in the world.”

Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC commented: “An unusual feature of the case is that your long-term partner, Mr. Ling, and your uncle have shown remarkable moderation and restraint as well as selfless affection for you in being prepared to forgive you. I salute their magnanimity.”

Judge Goldstaub also stated that while the money can never be returned, the relationship King’s partner and uncle had with her is “of a quality and value to them which is more important than money.”

Ling proceeded to thank the court for its leniency, adding that he had recently sold his elderly mother’s home and stored a large sum of the income into a savings account, intending to leave it to his children.

Although the money had been transferred without Ling’s knowledge, the disappearance was only investigated following a refusal from Halifax bank to reveal where the money had been sent without police investigation.

  • I think this woman have to go trough some kind of addictions treatment. Obviously this is a behavior of a sick person, not only that she steels a huge amounts from hers relatives but I also guess that hers children also suffers from that. She is the mother of three after all, really lucky to escape the jail.
  • This woman's partner and uncle are defintely better people than I am because I consider what she did not only criminal but a tremendous breach of personal trust. Still, it's their call to make over whether or not to forgive her - hopefully she genuinely regrets what she did and seriously tackles her gambling problem. Finally, this is why it's important to have strong, random passwords for important accounts!
  • She is a very lucky woman. Given a chance like this can be a turning point in someones life, if they learn from it and either go for help, or possibly with the support of the people who helped her here, turn her life around just through their forgiveness and love. She may be a really good woman, and just became heavily addicted and spiraled down. I hope she can be well, and get back on level ground, and heal. :)
  • I think that is great that her partner forgives her and didn't asked for punishment, but I really can't believe what she was capable of when she has three children that needs her. I understand that mother that love her children will do anything for her children, but to steal money from your closest family or from your partner to fund your online gambling is way too much for me to understand.
  • I cant believe that she did that. I know people have addictions and go beyond their own means and get in trouble from gambling but its so far beyond a problem when you have to steal from family, friends etc . Shes lucky they were not in a position to be totally livid and not so forgiving . I hope now the road will be to recovery and they can get her some help . Addiction is addiction no matter how many ways you slice it and it does require intervention and help . If not this woman would probably do it again even if she really didn't want to .
  • Oh my, what a story this is. What wonderful people to forgive her. Money means a lot to a lot of people, it does make the world go round, but then again so do people. These kinds of addictions make people do things, bad things to the people that love them, the closest relationships ruined. I am so happy to read this type of article, especially this time of year. I know it maybe hard for some people to fathom, but how can we not forgive and really be living.

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