A great grandmother has revealed how she lost £200,000 (AU$370,000, US$263,880) of her life savings to a Gambian toyboy after meeting him while on holiday with her then-husband of 38 years.
Margaret Sarr, from Sussex, England, was even forced to come out of retirement and work full-time in a hospital in order to stay afloat after funding her whirlwind romance with her 48-year-old lover – who was younger than both of her children.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Sun, Margaret revealed how she met horse-riding instructor Samba Sarr in Gambia in November 2002, while on holiday there with her British ex-husband.
Having fallen for the younger man immediately, Margaret reportedly began visiting Gambia twice a year, eventually leading to the end of her marriage in 2004.
She told the news outlet that she started enjoying an “amazing” sex life with her new lover, before he quickly proposed and they married the following year in a £2,000 ceremony which none of her family attended – and which she allegedly paid for.
Keen to start a life in the UK together, the news outlet reports that Margaret then paid for her new husband’s holiday visa and they moved over in June 2006. Sadly, that’s when the cracks began to show.
“I was eradicated,” she said. “Over there he was proud to be with me but because of the age gap he never wanted to be seen with me over here … He only wanted the visa. It was soul destroying.”
Having reportedly been shunned from their first home together in Wales, they then moved to a rental property elsewhere and Margaret was forced to return to work to make ends meet.
She told the news outlet that she began to suspect her husband was cheating with another woman close to his own age, but he always denied it at the time. Rather than leaving him over her suspicions, Margaret reportedly instead handed over a further £90,000 of her savings to buy a plot of land in Gambia to build a two-storey compound.
Her husband’s lies unravelled later however, as Margaret – who has since described herself as “gullible” – was sent a photo of two mixed race children from the woman she suspected her husband was cheating on her with. While he denied they were his at the time, she eventually discovered the truth, shortly after helping him secure British citizenship.
“I found out he was sleeping with this woman in our marital bed while I was at work,” she added to the news outlet.
The pair are now locked in a legal fight over the land in Gambia, as the deed have his name on – not hers – and a court is reportedly set to rule at the end of the month.