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Heartless twins, 25, stole grandparents’ life savings while caring for them

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Heartless twin sisters have admitted clearing out their grandparents' life savings while posing as their doting carers.

Disgusted relatives of Clair and Louise Smith have called for the 25-year-olds to be jailed.

They pleaded guilty yesterday to swiping £8000 in just five weeks while running errands for vulnerable Crawford Pirrie, 73, and wife Marlene, 75, in Irvine, Ayrshire.

Crawford's daughter Lyndsey Brown told the Daily Record she will never forgive the pair, and said her dad — who married the twins' gran before they were born — had suffered a stroke just before they began ransacking his savings.

"Their actions have broken this family apart," the 41-year-old said.

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"They are highly manipulative and they didn't do this to two strangers – they did this to their own grandparents.

"I hope they go to jail. They are a threat to the elderly and the vulnerable."

Lyndsey told how the twins offered to help her look after her dad and step mum soon after they sold their home in 2018.

They were occasionally asked to withdraw small sums of money and pick up items like bread and milk from the shop for them.

She found it unusual when the twins offered to take over handling payments for the couple's rent and refused their offer.

But when Lyndsey's husband went to the cash machine for the couple and asked for a receipt to show his transaction, he discovered a huge portion of their savings had vanished.

They took the distraught couple to the bank where scores of unusual transactions were revealed.

They alerted the police and the twins were questioned and charged but when the case came to court in January, they pleaded not guilty.

They admitted the offence at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court yesterday, just days before they were set to stand trial.

Lyndsey said: "They could have done this in January to save my parents months of anguish and torture.

"It's too late. They had their chance to say sorry and they have refused and put my parents through hell this year.

"The thought of the two of them leaving the house during coronavirus to come to court and give evidence has really played on their minds.

"They couldn't believe Clair and Louise would sink so low when they pled not guilty."

The twins were absent when the case against them called yesterday but solicitors appeared on their behalf to tender pleas of guilty to the single charge of theft they faced.

They admitted that, on various occasions between September 1, 2018, and October 9, 2018, they "did use a bank card belonging to another" to "steal money" from cash machines in Irvine and the Ayrshire town's Girdle Toll area.

Defence solicitor advocate Simon Brown, representing Louise Smith, told Sheriff Alistair Watson: "They are both now pleading guilty to the charge and an agreed sum of £8000.

"They are both girls with some vulnerabilities, it could be said, and some learning difficulties."

Sheriff Watson called for Criminal Justice Social Work and Restriction of Liberty Order Assessment reports to be prepared ahead of sentencing, and adjourned the case until later in the year.

The pair, who could be caged for up to 12 months for the offence, were ordered to appear at the next hearing.

Lyndsey said she hoped the twins would be locked up and her parents would somehow be compensated for their loss.

She said: "They had sold their house at the time and that money was meant to be for their retirement so they didn't have to worry.

"It was all they had. Now they are back living on their pensions.

"Clair and Louise would have kept going and taken it all if they hadn't been caught.

"There was a time I didn't think my parents were going to get through it all.

"My dad had just had a stroke a month before they started stealing from him. I can't forgive that.

"I can't begin to describe the betrayal and heartbreak I felt at that time.

"I trusted those two girls to care for my father and instead all they did was abuse him and steal from him. They truly are the lowest of the low."

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