Man stole up to £30k to ‘make ends meet’ after wife gave birth to quadruplets


A father of six stole up to £30,000 from his workplace in order to ‘make ends meet’ after his wife gave birth to quadruplets — despite earning more than £50,000 a year.

Matthew Davies, of Belvedere Drive, Bredbury, admitted to stealing between £20-to-30,000 in motors and money from Dace Specialist Car Centre in Stockport from October 2018 to October 2019.

The 35-year-old was the sales manager at his branch at the time of the thefts — but has since repaid a ‘substantial’ amount back to the firm he stole cars from.

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Davies walked free from Minshull Street Crown Court yesterday (October 6), being given a suspended sentence, community service, and was ordered to pay compensation to both the company and a former colleague.

The court heard that Davies would sell ‘company stock privately’ and also ‘kept customer deposits’ during his year of dishonesty.

In order to cover his tracks, Davies would add ‘fake’ cars to Dace’s stock list ‘in order to give the impression of balancing the books’, prosecutor Alison Whalley added.

His thefts were only discovered when a £570 discrepancy was discovered by the firm’s accountant — when Davies was challenged on it, he made up an excuse as to why the cash had not been deposited.

Davies — who was earning in excess of £50,000 a year during his stint of deception — made use of the fact that employees would frequently take cash home from the business, pay it into their own bank account, and transfer it electronically back to the firm for security purposes — a practice that Dace denied ever took place.

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As the Stockport man’s excuses got more and more outlandish, he was challenged again about the discrepancy on October 3, 2019, by the company accountant and general manager.

At that point, he broke down and admitted his actions.

Once the police began their investigations, they discovered Davies was in mountains of debt, having been served a county court judgement to repay someone, defaulted on a hire purchase agreement, and had three credit card bills worth £1,800.

The company was insured against such an act, and managed to recoup the losses Davies could not repay through its policy — but one coworker had to surrender £4,750 in commission from the sales which never happened.

Defending Davies was Ricky John Holland, who told judge Angela Nield that his client stole the cars and cash in order to make ends meet for his large family.

“He and his wife have six children,” the defence barrister said, adding that four of their children were young quadruplets at the time.

“The logistics… when one has six children at home is no easy task. Perhaps that got the better of him.

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“He had not used that money for nice holidays abroad or a lavish lifestyle.

“It was to make ends meet and accommodate the family.”

Her Honour Judge Nield handed Davies — who was said to be of ‘good character’ and had no previous convictions — a suspended sentence, an unpaid work requirement, and a compensation order.

She told him that he could not rely on his ‘personal circumstances’ again if he came before court.

She said: “It is clear that you are capable of living an honest life, and working hard to support your family.

“It was a breach of a significant measure of trust and involved a degree of sophistication.

“This is the first time you have been before the court. For that reason and your good character there’s every prospect of completing an order that does not require immediate custody.”

Davies walking free from Minshull Street Crown Court on Wednesday
(Image: ABNM Photography)

Matthew Davies was given a 10 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and must complete 200 hours of unpaid work for stealing £30,000 in cars and cash from Dace Specialist Car Centre.

He also must repay the company £5,000 in compensation, and £4,750 to the colleague who had to surrender commission.

As he turned to leave the dock, judge Nield added: “Please do not find yourself before this court again — there are only so many times your personal circumstances will protect you.”

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