I was about to jump in front of a train - but I wanted my day in court

Vic­tims left dev­as­tated by the sheer scale of the fraud. One lost over £650,000, an­other con­sid­ered sui­cide

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY EL­LIE JA­COBS

SOME OF Freddy David’s 55 vic­tims have spo­ken of the shock and be­trayal they felt af­ter hear­ing full de­tails of the crimes that fleeced in­vestors of more than £14.5 mil­lion.

One, who lost over £650,000, said that he “was com­pletely sur­prised be­cause David had a good busi­ness. I didn’t think he’d be so stupid as to put it all at risk for the sake of gam­bling.”

The man, who wishes to re­main anony­mous, said that as well as los­ing a vast sum, he has lost his “be­lief in fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sors which is a pity be­cause one does need them.”

He said that he fully “trusted David as he knew he was earn­ing good com­mis­sions and had been do­ing it for a long time. The trou­ble now is know­ing who one can trust. David seemed a very re­li­gious man, but he didn’t have the ethics of some­one who is re­li­gious.” Though he said David’s fraud­u­lent be­hav­iour “hasn’t af­fected my way of life, I un­der­stand that there are peo­ple who have been and are now des­ti­tute.

“I feel very sorry for them.”

He said he feels guilty that his daugh­ter was also duped. “She’s very up­set about it”, he said.

“I feel guilty be­cause David con­vinced her to in­vest, he kept chas­ing her for the money by say­ing that her fa­ther — me — had in­vested and so she thought, if her fa­ther was all right with it, it was le­git­i­mate.”

He said he wants to see “tighter laws to pre­vent so many peo­ple los­ing so much money from gam­bling”.

One vic­tim, who was in court for David’s sen­tenc­ing, said that he had con­sid­ered killing him­self af­ter learn­ing that he had been duped out of £300,000.

Leon Win­sky said in a state­ment read to the court: “My first thought was sui­cide but just as I was about to jump in front of a train I de­cided to face him in court in­stead”.

Mr Win­sky lives in Wem­b­ley with his wife and his dis­abled son.

He said: “The money in­vested in Freddy David was even­tu­ally go­ing to go to­wards a flat for my spe­cial needs son, Jonathan.

“We now only have two meals a day in­stead of three.

“For the time be­ing we are man­ag­ing to sur­vive on my small pen­sion.”

An­other el­derly vic­tim who asked not to be named said: “I have suf­fered enough with the shock and be­trayal of this evil man.

“Yes, to me he is evil — a thief, rob­ber and liar and that is that.

“He has been rightly found guilty and I was dis­gusted to hear that the Shab­bat be­fore his ap­pear­ance in Un­der ar­rest: An of­fi­cial po­lice pho­to­graph of Freddy David

We now have two meals a day in­stead of three. We are sur­viv­ing on my small pen­sion’

Court this week, he had re­ceived an aliyah in his shul!”

The JC ap­proached some of David’s other vic­tims who told us they were too trau­ma­tised to speak.

Steven Wil­son, United Sy­n­a­gogue chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “Our hearts go out to the many vic­tims of this de­spi­ca­ble crime […]

“We are work­ing with the Rab­bis and the Hon­orary Of­fi­cers of our Bore­ham­wood and El­stree com­mu­nity in their ef­forts to sup­port lo­cal vic­tims.

“In ad­di­tion, as many of the vic­tims were mem­bers of United Syna-

gogue shuls, any­one af­fected is wel­come to call our US Ch­esed de­part­ment in con­fi­dence and will find a lis­ten­ing ear.”

But a daugh­ter of one of David’s el­derly vic­tims slammed let­ters from David’s El­stree and Bore­ham­wood shul as “a mock­ery, a dis­grace.

“This ‘com­mu­nity’ needs to come to­gether and help those who have been left crip­pled by David”.

I was dis­gusted to hear he had re­ceived an aliyah’

PHOTO: CITY OF LON­DON PO­LICE

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