Businessman loses his Lamborghini on a drunken night out

We've all been there before. We go into town, hit as many pubs and bars as we can and get absolutely rat-arsed, usually resulting in you stumbling home at midnight singing Rod Stewart's "Sailing", getting into trouble from a couple of burly security guards after urinating in the grounds of a supermarket before sleeping in your garden as you are not able to aim the key at the lock properly.

But not many of us have lost a sports car after a drunken night out. But that's what happened to Glenn Knowles.

Mr Knowles, 35, a property investor, drove his Lamborghini to a pub in Gillingham, Kent, where he met his parents. He then drove the car whilst drunk to a pub in Rochester, Kent, but could not be sure that he had taken his car to Maidstone, where he had finished drinking.

After searching fruitlessly in Maidstone for the vehicle, he got a taxi home.

Mr Knowles, who lives in the wealthy county of Surrey, and his friend Robert Mant were accused in Guildford Crown Court during a six-day trial of trying to swindle their insurance company over the disappearance of the car. The jury acquitted them.

Oh no! Where's my Lamborghini? Businessman lost 130,000 car on drunken night out

By Daily Mail Reporter
19th March 2010
Daily Mail

A property investor lost his 130,000 Lamborghini sports car because he was too drunk to remember where he parked it.

To cover his embarrassment Glenn Knowles, 35, who co-owned the car with Robert Mant, 29, then lied to his friend and the police, claiming he had no idea what had happened to it.

He only admitted he'd taken the car from his friend's house when police showed him images of the car being driven and said he had been 'too embarrassed' earlier to admit his stupidity.

Cleared: Glenn Knowles (right) lost a Lamborghini he co-owned with Richard Mant (left) after a night out drinking. They were acquitted of fraud after a jury heard Mr Knowles had previously misplaced a Mercedes after a night out

Mr Knowles and Mr Mant were accused in Guildford Crown Court during a six-day trial of trying to swindle their insurance company over the disappearance of the car.

The Lamborghini has never been traced, despite being fitted with a tracking device.

The jury accepted Mr Knowles's claim that he had no idea what had happened to the car after his drunken night out and the pair were unanimously acquitted.

They heard it was not the first expensive car he had misplaced as on a previous occasion he couldn't find a Mercedes car after a night out in Kingston, Surrey.

The car was eventually found parked behind a nightclub.

The court heard that on December 17, 2008, Mr Mant parked the Lamborghini Gallardo outside his home in Epsom, Surrey.

A Lamborghini Gallardo similar to the one that went missing. It has never been traced, despite being fitted with a tracking device

In the morning he realised it was missing and his neighbour told him he had seen the car being driven away.

Father-of-three Mr Mant, who owns MSJ Joinery and The London Staircase Company, called Mr Knowles, who at the point claimed he did not know where it was.

But when the 130,000 car was tracked via number plate recognition systems, it showed it being driven towards Gillingham, Kent.

Mr Knowles, who earns 160,000 a year from a property portfolio, admitted in court that he had gone into Mr Mant's home and taken the keys to the Lamborghini before driving to Gillingham where he had met his parents in a pub.

He said he might have driven the car while drunk to Rochester, where he continued drinking but he did not think he would have taken it on to Maidstone, where he ended his evening.

He told the court that before taking a taxi home at 4am, he had been unable to find the car.

So, the jury was told, he dropped the keys at Mr Mant's house and didn't tell anyone what he had done.

The two men then reported the car as stolen and put in an insurance claim.

They were subsequently charged with conspiring to commit fraud between December 2008 and March 5 last year.

Throughout the trial Mr Mant maintained that he knew nothing of the deception until after the pair were interviewed by police and Mr Knowles admitted taking the car.

Mr Knowles admitted in court that he was 'drinking heavily and going through a bad time' when the incident occurred.

Both men, who said they had 'no motive to commit the fraud', told police they had no intention to get rid of the vehicle and had owned a string of high-powered expensive cars since they were in their early 20s.

Judge Neil Stewart, summing up, said: 'He said he wrongly chose to return the keys without taking responsibility.

'As time went on he found it harder and harder to confess and took the view that either way it was stolen, but he said he realises it was the wrong thing to do.'
Bar Sinister
This is a man who is definitely careless with his cars. I've misplaced my keys before, but my car?
Come to think of it, I think he deserved to lose the car. The last thing i want to see is some wasted guy driving a high-powered anything. This isn't the first time this happens to this guy, and the sad thing is it's surely not the last.

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