Twins who stole their grandparents’ £8,000 life savings while running errands with their bank card ‘still haven’t said sorry or paid back a penny’ three months after being spared jail
- Clair and Louise Smith, 25, pleaded guilty to stealing £8,000 from grandparents
- They were spared jail and not ordered by the court to pay back the life savings
- Three months later the heartless pair have not repaid the cash or even said sorry
Callous twin sisters who were spared jail despite admitting stealing the life savings of their own grandparents have not paid back any money or even apologised.
Clair and Louise Smith, 25, pleaded guilty to stealing £8,000 from the bank account of Crawford Pirrie, 73, and wife Marlene, 75, while running errands for them.
The pair, from Ayrshire, Scotland, were convicted last December but were not sent to jail as Sheriff George Jamieson instead ordered them to be fitted with an electronic tag and given a curfew.
Twins Clair and Louise Smith have not paid back any of the money three months after their court date
But as he did not order a compensation order they were not forced to pay back the money.
And several months later they have not repaid any of the stolen cash or even apologised to their heartbroken grandparents, the Mirror reported.
Mr Pirrie said: ‘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.’
The pensioners had relied on Clair and Louise to withdraw small sums of money and shop for groceries on their behalf because of the pandemic.
The twins stole the life savings of about £8,000 from their grandparents Crawford Pirrie, 73, and wife Marlene, 75
The grandparents had relied on the pair to withdraw cash for them during the pandemic
The crime was discovered when another family member went to the cash machine for the couple and received when they checked the receipt found a huge chunk of their life savings had vanished.
The twins initially denied a charge of using a bank card belonging to another to steal money, but changed their plea days before a trial in October.
Mr Pirrie’s daughter Lyndsey Brown told the Daily Record after the hearing: ‘They will never get over this. It’s going to break their hearts.’
She added: ‘The sheriff should have sent them to jail. That was the only appropriate punishment for what they’ve done given the nature of this crime.
‘That judge had a duty towards my parents and he failed them.’