Paul Hodgkinson defends Treasurer of Lancashire Darts Organisation

July 27, 2015

Paul Hodgkinson from Exchange Chambers has defended the former treasurer of the Lancashire Darts Organisation who has been spared jail after stealing £23,000 in prize money and membership fees to fund an addiction to gambling.

Irene Mungins, of Rudyard Road, Salford, was sentenced to an 18-month sentence, suspended for two years, plus 12-months supervision, after admitting theft.

Sentencing at Manchester Crown Court, Judge Hilary Manley said the case was a ‘very sad fall from grace for a woman who had hitherto led a blame-free life’.

Paul Hodgkinson, defending ‘deeply ashamed’ Mungins, said she had been ‘gripped’ by gambling – a compulsion he said posed a ‘real danger’ to society