Dani Dyer’s boyfriend Sammy Kimmence appears grim-faced in mugshot as he's jailed for scamming OAPs out of £34,000
DANI Dyer’s boyfriend Sammy Kimmence appears grim-faced in his police mugshot as he's jailed for scamming OAPs out of £34,000.
The 25-year-old splashed their cash on paying off his overdraft, a hotel stay in Ibiza, restaurant bills and clothes, said prosecutors.
Kimmence today wept in the dock as he was sentenced to 42 months in prison after scamming two pensioners.
The TV star's partner posed as a financial investor to defraud two vulnerable victims, 80 and 90, out of their hard-earned cash.
Kimmence, of Rayleigh, Essex, took the money from two elderly men between 2016 and 2018.
He claimed he would invest the money for them by placing horse-racing bets on their behalf – but instead he spent the money on his own debts and lifestyle.
Kimmence pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud against Peter Martin, of Havant, Hampshire totalling nearly £26,000, as well as a fifth charge against Peter Haynes, 81, from Okehampton, Devon, of £7,927.
Mr Martin died last year at the age of 91.
Sentencing Kimmence at Portsmouth Crown Court, Judge Timothy Mousley QC said the fraud had been an "abuse of trust", particularly against Mr Martin who considered the defendant to be his pal.
He added: "You didn't show any remorse immediately and I do not consider any remorse to be profound."
Michael Mason, prosecuting, said Kimmence came into contact with his two victims while working in sales and administration.
He was employed as a senior trader for Equine Global Sports Limited, which would place bets on behalf of customers.
After the company ceased trading, Kimmence pretended to work for another company called S&S Trading Ltd and offered to continue making bets on behalf of his two victims.
But instead he splashed the money on paying off his overdraft, a hotel stay in Ibiza, restaurant bills and buying clothes, according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Mr Mason 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."
SLEAZY TRADER LEFT VICTIM 'ON THE BREADLINE'
In a statement read to court, Mr Haynes, an aircraft engineer and RAF veteran, said: "All the savings I have accrued over my working life have been wiped out, my bank account shows zero, I am sick with worry."
Mr Mason said Kimmence had visited both of his victims and had persuaded Mr Martin to hand over his internet banking password and bank cards.
He said of Mr Martin: "He ceded financial control to Mr Kimmence; it's akin to the fox getting the keys to the chicken pen."
A statement read to the court from Mr Martin said: "I have been left at times very stressed over money, having given thousands to Sammy who I thought was investing it for me."
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."
The court also heard that Kimmence would indulge in alcohol and cocaine.
His lawyer added that Kimmence had saved up £10,000 to repay his victims.
It's akin to the fox getting a key to the chicken pen
He had also been intending to train to become a quantity surveyor, having lost a job as a City trader because of the legal proceedings against him.
But 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."
Kimmence became a father with Dani Dyer following the birth of their son, Santiago, on January 23 this year.
She didn't appear at her boyfriend's side as he arrived at court today.
Kimmence was due to be sentenced last month.
However, the hearing was delayed – meaning he got to spend his first Father's Day at home with family.
A source told The Sun: "Sammy put his hands up and admitted his crime and he will take his punishment when the time comes.”
Kimmence and Ms Dyer live a lavish lifestyle, sharing a £725k home in Essex, and posting about trips to Ibiza and expensive spa days on social media.
Ms Dyer, who won the hearts of the nation when she appeared on Love Island, played no part in the fraud.
Before she went into the villa, she and Kimmence had a relationship that ended in a series of rows.
Once her romance with fellow Love Islander Jack Fincham came to an end, she and Sammy got back together.
In January, the couple welcomed their first-born child.
Dani Dyer, the daughter of EastEnders actor Danny Dyer, announced the birth of Santiago on social media, saying: "After a very long day and night finally our special little boy arrived 23/01/2021 … Weighing 7 pound.
"We are in a complete baby bubble and enjoying every moment, can not believe he is ours, completely in love and so grateful to be his mummy..
"Sending all my love to all the other mommas to be out there in lockdown.. the best experience ever will never forget this day."
Pals say she'll stand by her boyfriend.
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