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Gambler threatens to sue Betika over Sh477,590 winning stake

A gambler who claims to have won Sh477,590 on leading gambling firm Betika’s virtual betting platform has given the company 24 hours to pay or face him in court.

In correspondence seen by Nairobi News, Nelson Melly has written a demand letter to the gambling firm through his lawyer Isaac Okinyo demanding payment of the money before the end of the specified period.

The gambler’s lawyer has also written to the Data Protection Agency (DTA) and the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) to protest Betika’s action of allegedly accessing the gambler’s account details to bet for other teams to justify the loss of the amount he won.

“You have refused and continue to refuse to pay our client his bet amount of Ksh477,590/= (four hundred and seventy-seven thousand, five hundred and ninety),” Mr Okinyo’s letter reads in part.

“You have gone ahead and accessed and illegally used our client’s account to bet for other teams to justify the loss of the amount won. We have separately raised this issue with the DTA and the BCLB.”

Melly who is a regular punter on the platform says he spent Sh113,712 on October 16, 2023, at around 5 am to place a virtual bet before winning the money that was at stake but the company is yet to pay him.

Mr. Okinyi has told the company to admit liability within the next one day from October 18, 2023, so that the issue of damages payable to Mr Melly can be addressed amicably date hereof after which we shall amicably.

Melly has instructed his lawyer to demand the money with interests’ failure to move to court and sue the company.

“Take notice that unless we receive your written admission of liability within the next one day from the date herein, we have mandatory instructions to institute legal proceedings against you for recovery to protect our client’s interest at your own risk to the sequel costs. Be Advised accordingly,” Okinyo states in the letter. The letter dated October 18 is copied to the BCLB and the DTA.

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