Former NRL player Peter Gandy was in a desperate position in January 2013 when he began to feel his life slipping away.
He was in the midst of an 11-week legal battle with his ex-girlfriend who had taken a break from her job in Perth.
Gandy was also on the verge of divorcing his second wife who was in prison for allegedly assaulting him.
Gambo’s lawyer, Scott Murray, said the former All Blacks winger was in crisis.
“He felt he was living on a fixed income and had no choice but to step out on the streets,” Mr Murray said.
“It was only after his wife and ex-wife intervened that he was able to access a number of sources of income to keep him afloat.”
Mr Murray said Gandy’s family were in shock after he spoke to them.
“His family was in utter shock,” Mr Moore said.
Gambling lawyer Scott Murray says Peter Gambo was in desperate financial situation and decided to go on the run.
“Peter Gandy left his job to go out and gamble in Perth,” Mr Ross said.