Dani Dyer’s boyfriend Sammy Kimmence has apologised for being an “awful human”, after being sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud, after posing as a financial investor and scamming two pensioners out of nearly £34k.
In court today, Judge Timothy Mousley QC handed Sammy a sentence of 42 months in jail, which he must serve at least half of.
According to The Sun, Sammy broke down in tears at Portsmouth Crown Court when he received his sentence.
He also wrote a letter to the victims, which was read out in court today.
The letter said: “I would like to begin by apologising firstly for even having to write this letter to you. The crime I committed years ago was totally unacceptable and I take full responsibility for my actions which have led me to where I am now.”
“When these crimes were committed, I was a completely different person, I was a youngster, driven by ego, opinions and looking like something I wasn’t.
“I looked up to people who I believed were successful which in reality they were far from it [sic].”
Sammy said “nothing will ever justify” his actions, but insisted he’s “come a long way” since then.
“I cannot erase the memory of how much of an awful human being I was, I can only learn from it which I feel like I have done over the years,” the letter continued.
“I understand the impact that my actions have had, not only financially but emotionally, and the detriment that this has had on both Mr Haynes and Mr Martin and their families as well.”
The 25-year-old, who welcomed his first child with Love Island star Dani in January, also said he’s learned a lot since becoming a father.
He wrote: “Recently becoming a father myself, I now realise how much of an impact this can have not only one person [sic] but a family unit as a whole and I am ashamed to have put those families through everything that I have. For this, I am truly sorry.”
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“I have since been saving up money in order to repay all the monies lost to both Mr Haynes and Mr Martin, which I fully intend to do.”
Sammy’s victims had been his clients when he worked as Senior Trader at Equine Global Sports Limited – a firm which later went into liquidation.
The company received money from their customers to place bets on horse races on their behalf.
After the company closed, Sammy contacted his two victims and told them he would continue investing their money in the same way – but instead used it at restaurants, nightclubs, a hotel in Ibiza and on a personalised number plate for his Mercedes.
Prosecutor Mike Mason said in court: “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.”
One victim said in a statement: “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 second victim said: “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.”
Sammy previously denied the charges, but changed his plea to guilty in April.
Dani rekindled her romance with Sammy following her split from Jack Fincham, who she won Love Island with back in 2019.
The couple welcomed their first child together in January – a baby boy named Santiago.
Goss.ie have contacted Sammy’s rep for comment.