Delivery driver who stole £62,000 of toys is SPARED jail

Usman Humaydun is pictured leaving Manchester Crown Court after avoiding a custodial sentence

Usman Humaydun is pictured leaving Manchester Crown Court after avoiding a custodial sentence

A delivery driver who stole £62,000 worth of children's toys so he could sell them on the black market has avoided jail after telling a court he was 'very scared' of prison.

Usman Humaydun, 33, pocketed unsold stock he should have returned to his bosses over a two-year period, before selling them from a market stall on Sundays.

Police investigated after Manchester-based Spot Promotions Limited carried out stock takes which revealed large amounts of stock was missing.

A customer later tipped the firm off that its merchandise was being sold from Humaydun's stall.

It emerged he kept two large storage containers in a warehouse in Failsworth to store the stolen toys and gadgets. 

Manchester Crown Court heard how the married father-of-one had previous convictions for selling counterfeit designer clothing and burglary.

In a statement to police, Spot Promotions boss Asiffa Gadatra said she was 'completely shocked' by the thefts.

She added that she had been left 'distressed that somebody she trusted, somebody she believed to be working hard, was in fact abusing his position in the company.' 

The firm, for whom Humaydun had been employed with for 10 years, lost a total of £23,000 due to his campaign of fraud.

At Manchester Crown Court, Humaydun, from Blackley, Manchester, admitted theft but was given eight months jail suspended for a year.

He claimed he stole the toys as he had credit card debts of up to £10,000 and is currently out of work and claiming state handouts.

The court heard he was one of three drivers who would deliver gadgets to petrol stations around the country.

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