Former Love Island contestant Dani Dyer has dumped her boyfriend after he was sent to prison was scamming an elderly man from Devon out of thousands of pounds of savings.
Sammy Kimmence was on Wednesday sentenced to three and a half years in prison for scamming two men, Peter Martin, 91, and Peter Haynes, 81, out of just shy of £34,000.
Mr Haynes, from Okehampton, was one of the men who Kimmence visited and “groomed”, gaining their trust before taking their money.
Kimmence told the victims to let him invest their money for them in an investment betting company which, at the time of them handing the cash over, no longer existed.
Dani Dyer, who appeared on Love Island in 2018 and is the daughter of actor Danny Dyer, has now reportedly ended her relationship with Kimmence after he downplayed his con artist ways.
An insider has now shared that Dani is “absolutely floored” after yesterday’s verdict and planning on being a single parent, the Mirror reports.
“She is absolutely floored by what’s happened with Sammy. She knows she has to make massive changes in her life and she’s so distraught…” the source told MailOnline.
“All she knows is that her baby boy Santiago is the only thing that matters now and she is trying to work out how best to look after him as a single parent.
She needs time to think it through. Sammy completely downplayed the court case every step of the way.”
Dani, who has a child with Kimmence, is yet to break her silence on her partner being locked up but revealed on social media yesterday that she was packing for a holiday with her tot.
On Wednesday, Kimmence, 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.
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.
Standing in the dock at Portsmouth Crown Court, Kimmence, dressed in a black suit, spoke only to confirm his name before sobbing during the hearing as his dishonesty was outlined.
The judge 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.”
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Yesterday, Kimmence cried in court as he was sentenced to three and a half years in jail for scamming the two men.
He scammed the pensioners by persuading them to let him invest their money for them and then spent it on his own lavish holidays, dinners and flashy clothes.
And hours after reports emerged that Dani was planning to stand by her man, an insider had shared that she is “absolutely floored” after yesterday’s verdict and planning on being a single parent.
The court heard how Kimmence had travelled to visit Mr Haynes and Mr Martin – who lived in Havant, Hants and sadly died in November last year aged 91 – 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.
The court also heard that, five days after Kimmence was arrested, he messaged Mr Martin to say “stop the investigation”.
Kimmence’s sentencing had previously been delayed twice: first to June 25 from June 11 and then to July 14.
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