13/09/06 - Guest made off without paying £3,300 hotel bill

MALCOLM Whysall made off without paying hotel bills of more than £3,300 while staying in the Coningsby and Louth area six years ago, a court heard.

Whysall, 60, of Cavendish Court, Cavendish Street, Derby, admitted on November 20, 1999 he made off without paying for accommodation and food, worth 992.35 from the Crown Lodge in Chapel Hill, near Coningsby.

He admitted a similar offence of making off without paying 2,164.50 to the Kings Head in Louth; leaving The Plough in Louth on April 13, 2000, without paying 90 and on August 26 leaving The Pack Horse in Louth without paying for accommodation and food, worth 120.

District Judge Blake, sitting at Skegness Magistrates Court, gave Whysall a two year conditional discharge and ordered him to pay 3,366 compensation.

Prosecutor Nick Todd told the court Whysall had no previous convictions.

In 1999 and 2000 he had stayed at various establishments and made off without paying bills totalling 3,366.85.

Whysall had been arrested in 2000 and in interview said he had intended to pay the bills.

He told police he was owed 15,000, which he had been expecting to receive.

Whysall had been charged with related offences but had failed to surrender to his court bail, said Mr Todd.

A warrant was issued in January 2001 and Whysall had been arrested in July, this year after being stopped by police in a traffic check, the court heard.

Mr Ian Benton, representing Whysall, said his client was currently in receipt of pension credit.

Whysall had worked aboard in the Middle East and after returning to the UK in 1999 had been expecting to receive an agreed consultancy fee of 15,000, which was never paid.