I forgive them, says victim
A LONELY pensioner says he forgives the pair of lesbian lovers who used sexual favours to con him out of cash.
Keith Wilson, 79, says he feels “no anger” towards the women after they were jailed for a ruthless honeytrap scam.
Stephanie Turner-Langhorn and her lover Rema Thompson used deception and sexual coercion to steal £16,000 from Mr Wilson and another elderly man, who has since died.
Wilson, of Barrow, Cumbria, said “I never had full sex with them but I did receive sexual favours.
“I should have known that young girls don’t do things like that with an old man. Deep down I think I knew there was something wrong, but they seemed like lovely girls.”
The former grocery worker said he was walking to watch Barrow AFC in December when he first encountered the devious Turner-Langhorn.
He said: “She was just sitting in the street, and she shouted ‘ hello’ then ‘merry Christmas’. Then she started crying.
“I felt sorry for her so I invited her back to my flat for a cup of tea. Then Rema turned up and she just jumped on me. That’s when Stephanie went looking through my things for my details.”
Mr Wilson, who has been single since wife Audrey died from cancer in 1993, said he felt lonely after moving to Barrow from Leyland four years ago.
After the initial meeting, the pair visited Mr Wilson almost every day, asking for cash and using his debit card to go shopping. He claims the pair took around £1,800 in December.
He says he battled alcoholism for more than 40 years before giving up the bottle in 2011, and can identify with the heroin addiction that plagued Turner-Langhorn.
“It’s all about drugs really. I don’t feel angry, I feel more sorry for her; four years is a long time to be locked up. Hopefully it will teach them a lesson. I will forgive them,” he said.
However the father-of-three says he has suffered stress and has trust issues since the scam.
He said: “I wake up with my stomach churning. I don’t feel like going outside. I am less trusting now but I have to remember just because this happened doesn’t mean the good people I know have gone bad.”