Sex dungeon master was tricked by crooked lawyer into believing he had

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Andrew Davies was jailed for seven and a half years after pleading guilty to 43 fraud-related offences In a witness statement Mr O’Driscoll said: “Andrew Davies is a truly weak individual, who is incapable of telling anything of the truth. His wide scale criminality is driven in my opinion by one definitive motive, personal financial gain.  A former S&M dungeon master was tricked into thinking he had won a damages payout from Channel 4  by a crooked lawyer, who is responsible for stealing almost £1.2 million from clients.Shaun O’Driscoll was told by lawyer Andrew Davies, 34, he was in line for £710,000 compensation from the broadcaster following a dispute over a sadomasochism TV documentary, “Me and My Slaves”. Despite Mr O’Driscoll believing Davies had filed for compensation it was revealed that the case was never pursued. Mr O’Driscoll, described in a court as a “self confessed retired dungeon master”, only realised he had been conned when he asked a court for the judgement only to be told there was no trace of any record.Bolton Crown Court heard how Davies has scammed a number of people including an airline pilot, a close friend to whom he had been best man at his wedding and his own colleagues.Following the trial Davies, who has since been struck off, was jailed for seven and a half years after pleading guilty to 43 fraud-related offences. Andrew Davies was jailed for seven and a half years after pleading guilty to 43 fraud-related offencesCredit:Allan Bentley/Cavendish Press “Quite simply put Andrew Davies chooses to deceive others in order to line his own pockets.”Davies, formerly a insurance advisor from Wigan, joined Robert Meaton & Co as a trainee but took over the practice after the death of its founder Robert Meaton in 2012.It is thought Davies was left the company on the condition he paid £170,000 to three benefactors – but he made payments from the firm’s own client account instead of his own.Prosecutors said Davies had been sat on a “ticking time bomb that was about to explode” as he used client money to pay off debts at the Manchester-based conveyancing practice. Judge Timothy Stead told Davies: “Your offending was dishonest and astonishingly extreme and the impact upon victims is especially significant. This is a man who lies so often that it is clearly part of his make up. This was a disgraceful state of affairs.” read more