Twisted twins steal grandad’s life savings – and don’t have to pay a penny back
Callous twins have swerved jail after stealing their own grandfathers' life savings.
The family are furious that the thieving pair have escaped prison as they also dodged an order to repay the money.
Heartless Clair and Louise Smith, 25, posed as carers while swiping £8,000 from the bank account of vulnerable Crawford Pirrie, 73, and his wife Marlene, 75, the Daily Record reports.
They pleaded guilty to taking the cash while running errands for their grandparents in Irvine, Ayrshire in Scotland as they held hands and sobbed after being spared a custodial sentence at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court
The twins were sentenced to a three-month tagging order, which was branded a "slap in the face" by angry relatives.
Crawford's daughter Lyndsey said the family was devastated by the sentence as she demanded: "Where is the justice?"
She said: "This means absolutely nothing. Even without the pandemic, the twins don't work so they are always in the house anyway.
"What kind of punishment is that?
"The sheriff should have sent them to jail. That was the only appropriate punishment for what they've done give the nature of this crime.
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“That judge had a duty towards my parents and he failed them."
Sheriff George Jamieson imposed an order which will see the callous pair fitted with an electronic tag and having to follow a curfew between 7pm and 7am for three months.
But he is leaving it up to the twins if they decide to pay back the money they stole as he refused an official payback order.
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Lyndsey said the pair had offered to help look after Crawford, who had suffered a stroke, and Marlene in 2018.
They were sometimes asked to withdraw small sums of money and pick up groceries for the elderly pair.
But when Lyndsey’s husband went to the cash machine for the couple and asked for a receipt to show his transaction, he discovered a huge portion of their savings had vanished.
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They initially pleaded not guilty in January before admitting the offence just days before the trial in October.
Lyndsey said the bank has so far refused to compensate the pensioners for the stolen cash because they trusted the thieves with their bank details.
She said: “The message the sheriff has sent today is that my parents don’t matter. He has basically let the twins away with it and should be ashamed of himself.
“They will never get over this. It’s going to break their hearts.”
Simon Brown, representing Louise, said: "She's distraught at her own actions and the situation she left herself in.
“She is in a position to pay £100 a month towards the sum total. I’m fairly certain to say she will never be in trouble again.”
Sandy Currie, representing Clair, said she was “thoroughly ashamed” of having committed “a gigantic breach of trust” and was also offering to pay the compensation.
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