Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Batman friend admits cheque charges

Stan Worby was dressed as comic book hero Batman when he took his friend to a police station (PA/West Yorkshire Police)

A man who was handed in to a police station by a man dressed as Batman has admitted trying to cash a stolen cheque he said he found in the street.

Daniel Frayne appeared at Bradford Magistrates' Court nearly a fortnight after he was taken into Trafalgar House police station in the city by his friend, Stan Worby, who was dressed as the comic book hero.

Pictures of 39-year-old Mr Worby in a Caped Crusader costume went round the world before his identity was eventually revealed.

He accompanied Frayne to court but there was no repeat of his costumed antics. He watched as Frayne, 27, admitted a charge of handling a stolen cheque and another of supplying a cheque with intent to commit fraud.

Magistrates heard that Frayne has 29 previous convictions relating to 49 different offences,

Frayne, of Aspen Court, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, and formerly of Queen Street, Bradford, left court making rude gestures at waiting photographers and swearing at reporters who asked him to comment. His case was adjourned for pre-sentence reports and he will be sentenced on April 8.

There was no mention of how Frayne was arrested and Mr Worby's involvement during today's 20-minute long hearing.

Previously, Mr Worby - a Chinese takeaway delivery driver - has explained how he had returned from watching Bradford City play in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley in his Batman suit when Frayne asked him to accompany him to the police station.

Officers had been trying to find Frayne in connection with the offences he was eventually charged with.

Chairman of the bench Beryl Eakin released Frayne on unconditional bail and said all options, including prison, were available to sentencing magistrates.