Armed Robber Who Targeted Two Bingo Halls Loses Appeal 0
Posted on 23, December 2014
William Finch was jailed in May 2014 for a total of 14 years following an array of armed robberies in 2013 of which were two bingo halls. This criminal has recently appealed for his sentence to be cut after a jury found him guilty of five robberies, an attempted robbery and six counts of possessing an imitation firearm.
He pleaded that his sentence was too long and asked that the judges be more lenient. Luckily Mr Justice Openshaw and Mr Justice Lewis turned a deaf ears saying that considering his previous long list of convictions, a long sentence was “inevitable”.
The two bingo halls that suffered financial loss and trauma to their staff were the Mecca Bingo hall in Bilston on September 23rd 2013 where £800 was stole and then, less than a week later on September 28th, the Gala Bingo hall in Darlaston who were robbed of £2,150. This was the last offence before Mr Finch was apprehended.
A CCTV image of Mr Finch was released by the police and shortly after information was received which led to the police raiding his home. It is reported that the reason for the crime spree was to fund a gambling addiction suffered by the perpetrator.