A persistent beggar in a town centre has received death threats after he was filmed getting into his sports car.
Metro.co.uk reports that Brinton and his dog, Hazel were treated harshly after they were filmed getting into his £50,000 (N21.5m) Audi TT at Mount Wide car park. The video had sparked outrage when it was posted on Facebook. Some of the Newquay residents said they feel conned because they all have either given him food or money at one point or the other not knowing he has a luxury car. He is said to likely have somewhere he is staying.
But the 35-year-old said the car was bequeathed to him by his grandmother and was stolen soon after the film appeared on social media.
More than 100 people have commented on the post, stating they feel “conned” after giving Mr Brinton food and money as he was portraying himself as being homeless, when in reality he has somewhere to live in Newquay.
Mr Brinton said the abuse he has received is pushing him towards contemplating suicide. He claims he has not eaten for days following the post as people have become less sympathetic to his situation and is putting his stay at a friend’s house in Newquay under threat.
Mr Brinton said: “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.
“This has been going on for years. There is only so much someone can take.”