Love Island star Dani Dyer's boyfriend Sammy Kimmence ordered to pay back £55,000 after duping two pensioners

THE boyfriend of Love Island winner Dani Dyer was todaynote-0 ordered to pay almost £55,000 after he scammed two elderly men out of £34,000 – and will start paying in bling he owns.

By Tom Cotterill
Thursday, 19th August 2021, 3:17 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th August 2021, 3:53 pm

Sammy Kimmence, who was jailed for 42 months after posing as a financial investor, will start paying the debt by handing over £5,099-worth of valuables including a £699 personal number plate and two Louis Vuitton monochrome bags

A judge also ordered the 25-year-old to hand over jewellery and designer trainers and clothing, with three pairs of valuable trainers making up the 'vast bulk' of the sum.

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Love Island star Dani Dyer’s boyfriend Sammy Kimmence, 23, has appeared in Portsmouth Crown Court charged with fraud and carrying on a business,  S&S Trading Ltd, with intent to defraud by offering financial investment services between July 27 in 2016 and December 9 2018 Pictured: Sam Kimmence outside court

Kimmence duped Havant pensioner 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.

He will now have to pay Mr Martin £3,926 - which will go to his estate as he has passed away – and Mr Hayne £1,173 within the next three months.

The rest will be paid as soon as he earns money once he is released from prison.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard the total figure, £54,859.22, amounted to how much Kimmence had made from conning the two men.

Sammy Kimmence outside Portsmouth Crown Court today, and right, his custody image taken by police. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire and Hampshire police

The sum was split into three parts – £35,896.46 for the five charges, £13,863.26 of cash deposited in his Lloyds and Santander account and £5,099 of assets in his house.

Prosecutor Mike Mason told the hearing: ‘It is made up of a personalised numberplate, worth £699, and jewellery and clothing, making it up to £5,099.’

Judge Timothy Mousley QC added: ‘It is some shoes – the vast bulk are three pairs of trainers.’

Kimmence was ordered to hand over three pairs of designer trainers – a pair of Dior B22 sneakers, costing £825; a pair of Louis Vuitton Monogram runners costing £725; and Nike Jordan 'Black Cat' shoes costing £600.

Pictured: Sam Kimmence outside court

His number plate read 'KM11SAM'.

He also had to hand over his Louis Vuitton monogram hoodie which cost £1,250 and a £1,000 Cartier love ring.

Kimmence stood motionless in the dock, only speaking to say his name. He wore a mask and a navy blue jumper and dark tracksuit bottoms.

Sam Kimmence outside court has been ordered to pay back £55,000 he stole from two pensioners.

The 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 in fact 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'.

Kimmence, who had denied all the charges before a last-minute change of plea, was last month sent to prison for five counts of fraud, totalling £33,919.

During the trial 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 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: ‘There was no need for [Kimmence] to groom these two gentlemen.

‘The trust was already in place because he had already managed the accounts they had at Equine.

‘I accept that advantage has been taken... of a relationship and the trust that has built up in it over a period of time.’

He added that 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, died in November last year aged 91 while Mr Haynes suffers from Alzheimer's.

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.