Villa striker Carew embroiled in £200,000 con-man case

Aston Villa star John Carew was conned out of £200,000 by a car dealer while trying to buy two Porsches, a jury heard yesterday.

Aston Villa star John Carew was conned out of £200,000 by a car dealer while trying to buy two Porsches, a jury heard yesterday.

The striker, 31, paid Richard Esprit £110,000 for a Porsche Cayenne Gemballa he never received. He also handed over £92,500 to buy a Porsche 997 and allowed Esprit to sell his BMW M6 for £55,000.

But Mr Carew could not register the 997 as it was already logged in someone else’s name, Birmingham crown court was told.

He returned the car to Esprit, who gave him a cheque that did not clear. The cash is still missing.

They met in Monaco in 2006, when Norwegian Carew played for Lyon.

Prosecutor Simon Davis said: “This defendant befriended John Carew and gained his trust. He took a lot of money and left nothing.”

Esprit, from Staines, Middlesex, denies fraud and theft charges.

The trial continues.

 
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