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Clair and Louise Smith, 25, betrayed the trust of their vulnerable grandparents Crawford Pirrie, 73, and wife Marlene, 75, and plundered their £8,000. The evil twins told their relatives they would act as their carers but it was just a ploy to get their hands on bank cards, reports Daily Record.
We’re ashamed to be related to them
Crawford Pirrie and wife Marlene
Speaking of the betrayal for the first time today, the victims said: “We’re ashamed to be related to them.”
Crawford added: “Not only have the twins refused to pay the money they stole from us but they haven’t even said sorry.
“They have been acting like they are the victims ever since the court hearing, insisting they haven’t done anything wrong.
“They are creatures of the lowest form and we are ashamed to be related to them.”
Presiding at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court in December, Sheriff George Jamieson sensationally decided against issuing a compensation order. It left the decision to repay in the twins’ hands, and their yet to cough up a penny, Crawford says.
As their lawyer told a court they wanted to pay back their ill-gotten gains, the twins also somehow dodged jail terms – and instead given a three-month restriction of liberty order.
The twins, of Irvine, Scotland, offered to help look after Marlene and Crawford, who had suffered a stoke, after they sold their home to downsize in 2018.
Crawford’s daughter, Lyndsey Brown, told how the sisters were occasionally asked to withdraw small sums of money and pick up groceries from the shop.
But when Lyndsey’s husband went to the cash machine for the couple and asked for a receipt, he discovered a huge portion of their savings had vanished.
There had been scores of high-value transactions and the twins were questioned and charged.
They pled not guilty at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court in January before admitting the offence just days before trial in October.
Both admitted using a “bank card belonging to another” to steal money from cash machines in Irvine between September and October 2018.
Simon Brown, representing Louise, said she was in a position to pay £100 a month towards the total.
Solicitor advocate Sandy Currie, acting for Clair, said she was “thoroughly ashamed” and also offered to pay up.
Sheriff Jamieson said they appeared “genuinely remorseful” and ordered them to be fitted with electronic tags and abide by a 7pm to 7am curfew for three months.
On the matter of compensation, he told the pair: “That is going to be up to you.”
The court hearings cost the public almost £1,300 in legal aid.
Former hairdresser Marlene and ex-engineer Crawford ’s bank refused to refund any of the money as their debit card was given voluntarily to the twins.
The couple have ruled out any hope of seeing their savings again.
Crawford said: “My wife and I are now trying to put our lives back together again with the help of my daughter and son-in-law. I just thank God that we can at least rely on them.”
The Record tried to contact the twins but they did not come to the door of their Ayrshire address.
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