Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fleeced Man, 70, Via Lonely Hearts Advert; Conwoman Swindled Thousands of Pounds from Pensioner

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fleeced Man, 70, Via Lonely Hearts Advert; Conwoman Swindled Thousands of Pounds from Pensioner

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Byline: ROB KENNEDY

A COLD-hearted conwoman fleeced a pensioner out of thousands of pounds after targeting him in a lonely hearts column.

The vulnerable 70-year-old victim had placed an advert in a newspaper dating section looking for the lady of his dreams.

When Jayne Guy, 44, got in touch, the pensioner thought it was too good to be true - and it was.

He had no idea Guy had been convicted of ripping off another pensioner in similar circumstances in 2008 and the pair began a relationship.

Within five months Guy had siphoned off more than pounds 4,000 of the unsuspecting victims's life savings, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Now the fraudster has been jailed after collapsing in the dock during an apparent panic attack.

Judge Brian Forster said: "The complainant put an advert in a newspaper describing himself as seeking contact with a lady, and he hoped the arrival of Miss Guy would answer his dreams and provide him with the comfort and interest he sought.

"Miss Guy clearly manipulated the situation and took advantage of him, and he was clearly taken in by her. The situation was a scam and a determined effort to obtain and take his money."

The court heard the 70-year-old suffered from a number of medical problems and was dependant on insulin. He put the lonely hearts advert in the newspaper in early 2010 and Guy got in touch and left a message on a mail box number. Guy, of Denton Court, Silver Lonnen, Newcastle, ended up arranging to meet the man. Debbie Breen, prosecuting, said: "The complainant was surprised when he met her as she was younger than the age range of ladies he had advertised for. A relationship started and the defendant seemed quite interested in the amount of money the man had in his home."

The court heard the victim did not trust banks and so kept pounds 9,000 in his house. Between January and May 2010, Guy came up with a range of excuses to plunder the cash.

She took pounds 2,000 saying she needed it to recover some items she had taken to a pawnbrokers. …

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