Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

'Friend of Batman' to be sentenced

Stan Worby, dressed as Batman, walked into a police station in Bradford and handed over Daniel Frayne (West Yorkshire Police/PA)

A man who was handed in to a police station by a figure dressed as Batman will be sentenced for trying to cash a stolen cheque he said he found in the street.

Daniel Frayne appeared at Bradford Magistrates' Court last month. This was 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 his court appearance in early March but there was no repeat of his costumed antics.

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.

Last month, Mr Worby 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.

The court was told how Frayne had gone into a cheque cashing shop in Bradford on January 31 and tried to cash a cheque for £300. Police found the cheque had been stolen during a burglary at AK Autos, in Bradford. Frayne said he had found the cheque in the street in the Wyke area of the city.

Magistrates were told Frayne has had drug problems in the past but was now trying to move away from his criminal life. They were also told Frayne, who is unemployed, was subject to a community order at the time he committed the offences.

Frayne, of Aspen Court, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, and formerly of Queen Street, Bradford, will be sentenced by magistrates in Bradford later.

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