A casino in London’s exclusive Mayfair district was robbed of almost £40,000 by a former employee who feared he was about to be diagnosed with cancer, a court heard.
Stuart Wigley, 41, terrified former colleagues as he barged past security guards before brandishing a fake pistol during the raid at the Park Lane Club on June 6 in 2017.
Today, he was jailed for six years at Southwark Crown Court after he admitted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.
The court heard Wigley worked at the club in 2015 and hatched the plan to rob it after he was screened for cancer shortly before his 40th birthday.
On the day of the raid, Wigley, dressed in a blue boiler suit with a balaclava concealing his face, made his way past the reception desk and onto the casino floor where he jumped over a counter and swiped £37,700 in unsecured chips from the till.
Arizuna Asante, prosecuting, said CCTV showed Wigley standing on the street “waiting for his best opportunity to enter the casino”.
Halim Azari, a driver who had just started his shift at the casino, tried to stop Wigley when he entered but the raider moved his hand down to his waist area, as though he was reaching for a weapon.