A Manchester cyclist has been jailed for eight months for stealing money from his elderly coach in order to buy a new bike.
Daniel Snape, well known in the Manchester racing circuit, fleeced 86-year-old Harold Nelson out of £6,650 over the course of six months by stealing blank cheques from the coach.
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The Manchester Evening News reports that police found a £2,000 Trek bike when they raided Snape’s Wythenshawe home, as well as cycling clothing he bought with the money.
Mr Nelson is a well-respected figure in the sport, having coached Olympians and Tour de France riders, such as Paul Sherwen and John Herety.
Manchester Crown Court heard that Snape had been training with Mr Nelson for three years when he asked for the first of five loans in May 2012. Snape doctored one of the cheques before helping himself to blank ones.
“I’ve been coaching cyclists from my home for many years and thousands of cyclists have passed through – nothing has ever been stolen from me and no-one has ever let me down like this”, Mr Nelson said in a statement.
Ben Kaufman, defending, described Snape as a ‘lonely figure’ who had gambled heavily.
“He still has a deep affection for Mr Nelson – he looks back at his time with the cycling club as the happiest of his life,” he said.
Source: Manchester Evening News