Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JUSTIN DUNN

A LES­BIAN cou­ple who used sex to steal thou­sands of pounds from “vul­ner­a­ble” men have been jailed.

Stephanie Turner-Langhorn was sen­tenced to four years along with her lover Rema Thomp­son – who re­ceived 14 months – af­ter she ad­mit­ted tak­ing more than £16,000 from the two men.

A court heard how the crimes be­gan in June 2010 af­ter Turner-Langhorn, 28, be­friended Brian Atkin­son, who lived in a flat close to their home in Bar­row, Cum­bria.

Mr Paul Hague, prose­cut­ing at Burn­ley Crown Court, said that Turner-Langhorn en­coun­tered 52-year-old Mr Atkin­son for the first time in April or May of that year ly­ing on the floor out­side his prop­erty.

Mr Atkin­son had fallen into ill health, un­em­ploy­ment and al­co­holism af­ter he’d had a stroke ten years ear­lier, Mr Hague said.

Turner-Langhorn be­friended Mr Atkin­son and he be­gan to give her his debit card so she could go and buy gro­ceries.

In­stead she bought floor­ing and rugs for her flat, clothes and a BMX bike.

Be­tween June 13 and Au­gust 31 his bank ac­count went from be­ing more than £21,000 in credit to £1,142 over­drawn, Mr Hague said.


Al­though some of the pur­chases were to buy items for Mr Atkin­son, who has since died, he said “in large part they were an ex­ploita­tion by her for her own ben­e­fit”.

Af­ter she had been ar­rested and bailed on sus­pi­cion of th­ese of­fences, Turner-Langhorn then be­friended an­other vic­tim, Keith Wil­son, 78.

She first met Mr Wil­son in the street in Bar­row in De­cem­ber 2012 and said she needed help be­cause a friend had “done her over”.

Dur­ing De­cem­ber both she and Thomp­son, 35, vis­ited Mr Wil­son, per­suad­ing him to give them £199 to buy a new bed.

He gave them his bank card and they used it to buy items for them­selves, with Turner-Langhorn tak­ing £433 and Thomp­son £259.

Mr Hague said Turner-Langhorn also “sex­u­ally pet­ted” him and let him have sex with her on one oc­ca­sion as part of the process of per­suad­ing him to give them the money. She also stole £300 in cash dur­ing a home visit.

On De­cem­ber 16, 2012, she also stole a tele­vi­sion from shel­tered ac­com­mo­da­tion at Hore­land Court in Bar­row.

Mr Hague said she and an­other woman went into the build­ing, tak­ing the TV from a com­mu­nal area and leav­ing via a fire es­cape.

Turner-Langhorn ad­mit­ted two charges of theft, four of fraud and one charge of bur­glary, while Thomp­son ad­mit­ted five charges of fraud.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Mr Tim Sto­rie said Turner-Langhorn had a his­tory of heroin ad­dic­tion, which had driven her of­fend­ing, but she had suc­cess­fully stopped us­ing the drug and wanted to change her ways.

Thomp­son’s de­fence bar­ris­ter, Rachael Woods, said that she had only used Mr Wil­son’s card for small trans­ac­tions over a short pe­riod of time.

Pass­ing sen­tence the judge said the pair had both “ruth­lessly” tar­geted “vul­ner­a­ble” vic­tims.

DC Sarah McArthur, in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer in the case, said: “This is a tragic story as the vic­tim tar­geted died and did not see them be­ing brought to jus­tice. The crimes that th­ese two com­mit­ted were de­spi­ca­ble as they preyed on the vul­ner­a­ble and el­derly.”

JAILED: Turn­erLanghorn and ( Thomp­son

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