Kevin Holleran jailed in Skillette case

09/10/2012

An illegal supplier of gaming machines has been jailed following a Gambling Commission investigation into the provision of ‘Skillette’ machines.

On 3 October 2012 Birmingham Crown Court sentenced Mr Kevin Holleran to eight months imprisonment, disqualified him from acting as a director for five years and ordered Mr Holleran to pay £120,000 towards Gambling Commission costs.  The Court also ordered the destruction of the machines seized as part of the investigation. Mr Holleran had previously pleaded guilty to four charges of conniving in cheating at gambling under sections 42 and 341 of the Act and seven charges of conniving in the supply and maintenance of a number of ‘Skillette’ machines under sections 243 and 341 of the Act.

Nick Tofiluk, Director (regulatory operations) said: “This case demonstrates the Gambling Commission’s resolve in pursuing cases where criminals profit from the illegal supply of gaming machines. Mr. Holleran is paying the price for persisting in supplying hundreds of ‘Skillette’ machines despite the Commission making its concerns clear.”

The Commission is also reminding owners of pubs, clubs and arcades that they are likely to be committing an offence if they site ‘Skillette’ machines.  Earlier this year the Commission highlighted the position of ‘Skillette’ gaming machines to its local enforcement partners in local authorities. Variants of the ‘Skillette’ include Grand Prix Racer, Stop the Clock, Alien Invasion and Skill Stop Roulette.

The Commission has already encouraged local authority officers, police licensing officers, community safety teams and others who visit pubs, clubs and takeaways to be alert to these machines.

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