I for­give them, says vic­tim

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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.”

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