Angry Residents Shocked to Discover Man Who Begged on the Street Has a Luxury Car and Comfortable Home [Photos +Video]
Angry residents have called for the head of a con man who begged on the streets after it was exposed that he had a luxury car and lived in a comfortable apartment.
Mathew pictured where he usually sits and beg for alms
An alleged con man identified as Mathew Brinton has been faced with serious backlash since footage emerged of him loading up the sporty black motor and driving away.
Former supporters have slammed him online for claiming to be homeless when he had a luxury car and a place to stay.
Dailystar reports that more than 100 people have blasted the freeloader for “conning” them out of cash and food donations since the video emerged on Facebook on February 18.
Trudy Blair said: “I’m particularly disgusted as he conned £40 from an elderly gentleman I know to ‘pay for a B&B’ for the night,’ then went home.
“The poor elderly gent was distraught that his kindness had been abused in such a way.”
Siobhan Depper said: “People deserve the right to know who is conning the public out of a significant amount of money.”
However, Mathew has tried to explain. Last night the 35-year-old, who admits he lives with a friend in Newquay, Cornwall, claimed the car was left to him by his late nan.
He said it was stolen after the film appeared online and that death threats had left him on the brink of suicide.
Matthew added: “I have not seen any of the social media posts because I do not have access to the internet but according to the police I’ve had lots of death threats.
“People are assuming too much and I’m getting a lot of abuse, which is pushing me to suicide.”
Last night police said they believe Matthew has lost the car and any money he may once have had.
Officers described him as a “full-on heroin addict with mental health issues” and said the neighbourhood police team was looking into the situation.