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Love Island star Dani Dyer's boyfriend, 25, is facing jail after admitting £34,000 scam

Sammy Kimmence, from Essex, was warned he faces jail after admitting scamming two elderly men out of £34,000 (pictured arriving at Portsmouth Crown Court this morning)

The boyfriend of Love Island winner Dani Dyer was today warned he faces jail after he admitted scamming two elderly men out of £34,000 by posing as a financial investor.

Sammy Kimmence, from Essex, duped Peter Martin, 90, and Peter Haynes, 80, between 2016 and 2018 by persuading the vulnerable pensioners to allow him to invest their money for them.

The 25-year-old's victims were said to have been clients at a legitimate investment company, S&S Trading Ltd, where Kimmence previously worked.

A previous hearing was told Kimmence took the clients on when the business stopped operating, falsely claiming he was authorised to provide financial services.

Now Kimmence, who had denied all the charges and pleaded not guilty only last week, faces a possible prison sentence after a last-minute change of plea.  

Kimmence, appearing at Portsmouth Crown Court, Hampshire, today as his trial was expected to start, pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud, totalling £33,919. 

The judge warned him his offences were so serious they crossed the custody threshold and he could be sent to jail.

Standing in the dock, Kimmence, dressed in a black suit with a blue tie, spoke only to confirm his name and plead guilty to each charge.

The court heard Kimmence, who announced the birth of his and Dani Dyer's 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 sadly died in November last year aged 91 while Mr Haynes suffers from Alzheimer's.

Kimmence announced the birth of his and Love Island winner Dani Dyer's son Santiago in January (couple pictured together)

Defending, Craig Harris asked for a pre-sentence report to be made and said: 'He is a relatively young man of previous good character, the offences go back into his late teenage years.

'This is a case that crosses the custodial threshold but might be within a range which I argue could be suspended.

He added: 'Quite a lot has gone into this young man's life in the last few years. He is seeking to reimburse the losses he has caused so some time is also needed to allow him to do that.'

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.

Adjourning the hearing for sentencing today, Recorder Nicholas Haggan, QC, said: 'The offences to which you have pleaded guilty are serious offences, it's accepted they cross the custodial threshold and you are at risk of receiving a custodial sentence.

'Given you are young man of no previous convictions, I am going to order a sentencing report. I am going to grant you conditional bail.'

Dani, who is the daughter of EastEnders star Danny Dyer, rekindled her romance with Kimmence shortly after leaving the Love Island villa

He ordered a pre-sentence report and added: 'I am going to grant conditional bail until the hearing of your case which is on 11 June.

'The fact I am granting bail affords no indication of what the sentence will be. You are at risk of a custodial sentence.'

A further hearing will be held on 11 June.

Dani, who is the daughter of EastEnders star Danny Dyer, shot to fame on Love Island in 2018.

She had previously been in a relationship with Kimmence but struck up a new partnership with Jack Fincham in the villa before going on to win the popular reality show.

But the 24-year-old rekindled her romance with Kimmence shortly afterwards and there have been rumours that the pair may be getting married in the near future.

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