/Dad, 25, crushed to death while trying to steal catalytic converter from BMW

Dad, 25, crushed to death while trying to steal catalytic converter from BMW

Daniel Stephens, from Pontypool in South Wales, was trying to steal the catalytic converter from a silver BMW in a car park when the vehicle fell from the jack and crushed his chest

Young father Daniel Stephens, 25, was worrying about paying for court attendance relating to a case relating to his three children when he left a friends house to fetch a catalytic converter he hoped to sell for £500
Young father Daniel Stephens, 25, was worrying about paying for court attendance relating to a case relating to his three children when he left a friends house to fetch a catalytic converter he hoped to sell for £500 (

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A man removing a catalytic converter from a BMW was crushed to death when the car fell on him, an inquest heard.

Daniel Stephens, 25, from Pontypool in South Wales, had tried to take the valuable mechanical part from a vehicle in a car park along Porth High Street on August 12.

At 6am the car’s owner approached his vehicle before driving to work, but found Mr Stephen’s body mangled under the weight of his car.

Mr Stephen’s friend Aaron Godfrey, who had been with him the night before the accident, told a death inquest at Pontypridd Coroners Court yesterday the 25-year-old seemed troubled the night before he died, WalesOnline reports.

He was “feeling down and stressed”, Mr Godfrey said, adding Mr Stephens told him he needed money to attend court for proceedings relating to his three children from a former relationship.

In a statement read to the court, Mr Godfrey said: “He had spoken about stealing a catalytic converter from a BMW he had seen in Porth.

“He knew it would be worth around £500 – but I told him not to do anything stupid or steal anything.”

Car owner Russell Seldon found Mr Stephen’s body crushed under his vehicle as he approached his car to go to work at 6am
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Mr Stephens was said to have felt “stressed” the night before he was found under the vehicle
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The deceased had been living with Mr Godfrey since July 2020.

At 1am on the morning of Mr Stephen’s death, Mr Godfrey recalled hearing a car drive off from outside their home in Ynysybwl. He said he assumed it was his friend.

When he awoke at 5am he expected to see Mr Stephens returned. When he couldn’t find him, he drove out to Porth to see if he was there.

On arrival, he saw people gathered around a silver BMW and a person’s legs sticking out from under the vehicle.

He turned around and drove home when he saw police had arrived, he said.

The vehicle’s owner, Russell Seldon, found Mr Stephen’s body as he approached his car to drive to work. He pulled on Mr Stephen’s legs sticking out from under the vehicle, “but there was no response”.

“I walked across the street from my house to my car which was in the small car park opposite,” Mr Seldon said in a statement at court.

“I saw a pair of legs sticking out from under the car, wearing dark coloured bottoms and trainers.

“I called out and pulled on the person’s leg to see if they were okay, but there was no response.”

South Wales Police Constable Leah Jeffries told the inquest she was notified of a man found unresponsive under a car held up with a jack.

She saw the car had fallen on Mr Stephens and noticed a pool of blood gathering on his back.

The fire brigade arrived shortly after and lifted the car off Mr Stephens, whose horrific injuries were now visible. It became apparent that Mr Stephen’s chest was crushed by the vehicle.

There was a car jack and torch next to his body.

Mr Stephens was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was identified eventually by fingerprints and tattoos.

His blood and urine were tested which revealed small amounts of tramadol and alcohol. A medical cause of death of crush asphyxia was recorded. The post-mortem revealed injuries to his chest, face and neck consistent with crushing.

Mr Stephen’s step father, Andrew Stephens, said the 25-year-old “loved bikes, building and fixing things”.

Andrew said there were no known medical or psychological issues he knew of.

Rachel Knight, South Wales Central Assistant Coroner said Mr Stephens was “clearly missed by many people” and offered condolences to family friends.

She delivered a conclusion of accidental death. .

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