The boyfriend of Love Island winner Dani Dyer today wept as he was jailed for more than three years after scamming two elderly men out of £34,000 by posing as a financial investor.
Sammy Kimmence duped Peter Martin, 91, and Peter Haynes, 81, by persuading the vulnerable pensioners to let him to invest their money for them and then splashed out on expensive restaurants, hotels and clothes.
The 25-year-old’s victims had been clients of Kimmence when he worked as Senior Trader at Equine Global Sports Limited, a company which subsequently went into liquidation.
The company received money from customers which it would use to place bets on horse races, on their behalf.
After this company ceased trading, Kimmence contacted two of his elderly former clients and pretended he would continue investing their money in the same way, but instead used it to fund his lavish lifestyle, paying for restaurant bills and booking a hotel in Ibiza.
He also spent their cash in nightclubs and on a personalised number plate for his Mercedes, leaving one victim ‘living on the breadline’.
Today Kimmence, of Rayleigh, Essex, who had denied all the charges before a last minute change of plea, was sent to prison for five counts of fraud, totalling £33,919.
Standing in the dock at Portsmouth Crown Court, Hants, Kimmence, dressed in a black suit, spoke only to confirm his name before sobbing during the hearing as his dishonesty was outlined and he was jailed for three-and-a-half years.
Love Island star Dani Dyer’s boyfriend Sammy Kimmence arrives at court this morning after admitting scamming two elderly men out of £34,000 by posing as a financial investor
Kimmence, pictured, wept from the dock in Portsmouth today as he was jailed for 42 months
He is in a relationship with Love Island star Dani Dyer, with whom they have a son, Santiago, pictured together
The model is the daughter of EastEnders actor Danny Dyer, pictured above with the couple
Dani Dyer shot to fame on Love Island in 2018, winning the ITV2 show with Jack Fincham
Prosecutor Mike Mason said: ‘This was a very unpleasant fraud against two men who Mr Kimmence deliberately targeted. He targeted them because they were old, they were vulnerable and somewhat isolated.
‘This wasn’t something he migrated into from a friendship. This was something he planned.’
The court heard Kimmence travelled to visit Mr Haynes and Mr Martin at their homes several times as he ‘groomed them’.
Documents sent to the victims by Kimmence included fake company names and an ‘entirely fabricated’ Gambling Commission number.
These were riddled with errors, including ‘miscalculated balances’ and a misspelling of Kimmence’s own name.
Mr Mason said these letters demonstrated ‘some pre-thinking’ as the letters ‘set these men up to believe this was an established, credible business’.
Kimmence convinced Mr Martin to give him his internet banking password, credit card and bank card.
Mr Mason said: ‘In other words he ceded financial control to Mr Kimmence. It is akin to the fox getting a key to the chicken pen.
‘Mr Martin considered him a friend right up until he died, which tells us a little about the energy he put in to grooming these old men.’
Mr Martin’s money was used by Kimmence on holiday in Ibiza, in an Essex nightclub and to shop at Waitrose as well as paying car payments for his flashy Mercedes A-class with a personalised number plate.
His statement was read out in court, which said: ‘I have been left at times very stressed over having now given £1,000s to Sammy, who I thought was investing it for me.
‘This whole process with Sammy has affected my trust in people.’
The delayed sentencing had meant the defendant was able to celebrate Father’s Day with the Love Island star (pictured together) and their son, Santiago
The 25-year-old made a last-minute change to plead guilty in April and was due to be sentenced last month, before his case was adjourned
The court heard that, five days after Kimmence was arrested, he messaged Mr Martin to say ‘stop the investigation’.
Mr Haynes, who had a career in the RAF before his retirement, said in a statement: ‘In one go all the savings I have accrued over my working life were wiped out. My bank account shows zero.
‘I have been sick with worry at my situation and have lost a lot of weight from stress and worry.
‘It is no exaggeration to say I was left living on the breadline because of his actions and dishonesty.’
Mitigating, Craig Harris said Kimmence had been ‘lambasted in the press and on social media’ because ‘His girlfriend, through no fault of his own, is relatively well known through social media and TV programmes’.
But Judge Timothy Mousley QC gave him 30 months imprisonment for his duping of Mr Martin and 12 months for the fraud against Mr Haynes. He must serve at least half of that sentence.
He said: ‘You defrauded two men of significant sums of money, both were elderly gentlemen, neither was a wealthy man.
‘Whilst these men trusted you, you used their money to fund your lifestyle.
‘This was a significant abuse of trust.’
The court heard Kimmence, who announced the birth of his and Dyer’s baby son Santiago in January, used one of his victims’ bank cards to withdraw more than £1,200 for himself and also racked up credit card charges of more than £1,300.
He also admitted to getting Mr Martin to transfer him £22,912 on one occasion, and £400 on another. He conned Mr Haynes in a similar way to the tune of £7,927.
Mr Martin, who lived in Havant, Hants, sadly died in November last year aged 91 while Mr Haynes suffers from Alzheimer’s.
Dani Dyer, who is the daughter of EastEnders star Danny Dyer, shot to fame on Love Island in 2018
Before, Dyer had been in a relationship with Kimmence but struck up a relationship with Jack Fincham in the villa before going on to win the popular reality show
The court previously heard how Mr Haynes was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s last year and has moved from Okehampton, Devon, to live closer to his daughter in Leeds.
Simon Clark, CPS Wessex Senior Crown Prosecutor, said: ‘Kimmence acted despicably when he duped his former clients in to believing that he had set up a new company with which they could safely invest their money.
‘The CPS used witness statements, financial records, receipts and mobile phone evidence to prove that Kimmence had not invested a single penny of the thousands of pounds he had fraudulently obtained from his victims.’
Dani Dyer, who is the daughter of EastEnders star Danny Dyer, shot to fame on Love Island in 2018.
Before, she had been in a relationship with Kimmence but struck up a relationship with Jack Fincham in the villa before going on to win the popular reality show.
The 24 year old rekindled her romance with Kimmence shortly after and there have been rumours that the pair may be getting married in the near future.