Sammy Kimmence, the boyfriend of ex-Love Island star Dani Dyer, has been jailed for three-and-a-half years after defrauding two pensioners out of £34,000.
The 25-year-old, who has seven-month-old son Santiago with influencer and reality star Dyer, pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud over the scam, where he claimed he would invest the cash on the pensioners’ behalf on horse racing bets.
Instead he spent the money on his own debts, clothing and lifestyle, including a trip to Ibiza, between 2016 and 2018.
In total, Kimmence took nearly £26,000 from Peter Martin, of Havant, Hampshire, across four instances. Mr Martin died last year aged 91.
The fifth charge was for fraud against 81-year-old Peter Haynes, from Okehampton, Devon, where another £7,927 was taken.
During sentencing at Portsmouth Crown Court, Judge Timothy Mousley QC told Kimmence the fraud had been an “abuse of trust”, particularly against Mr Martin, who considered him to be a friend.
“You didn’t show any remorse immediately and I do not consider any remorse to be profound,” he told the court.
Kimmence previously worked at Equine Global Sports Limited, which would legitimately place bets on behalf of their customers.
However, he would only work in the capacity of sales and administration, despite the title of ‘senior trader’.
When the company stopped trading, Kimmence then conned the two men by pretending he was now working for a fake company called S&S Trading Ltd, taking their money under the guise he would continue making bets for them.
Simon Clark, CPS Wessex senior crown prosecutor, said: “Kimmence acted despicably when he duped his former clients into believing that he had set up a new company with which they could safely invest their money.”
Michael Mason, prosecuting, said: “This is a very unpleasant fraud against two men who Mr Kimmence deliberately targeted.
“He targeted them because they were old, vulnerable and somewhat isolated. This wasn’t something he migrated to, this was something he planned.”
Mr Haynes, an RAF veteran and aircraft engineer, said in a statement read in court: “All the savings I have accrued over my working life have been wiped out, my bank account shows zero, I am sick with worry.”
Craig Harris, defending Kimmence, said: “He was living above his means, he found himself surrounded by what he perceived to be the glitz and glamour of the City and financial services workers and they would take him out to Club 195, nightclubs, and well-regarded bar establishments.
“And when the time came for him to show willingness to engage in this type of frivolity, he did.”
Mr Harris added that Kimmence had saved £10,000 in a bid to repay his victims.
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