A MUM ripped off by sex fiend conman John Cronin fears he could be posing as a cane-carrying toff to rip off other victims.
Kathleen Hannon, 56, says he has a diamante-topped stick he made from a snooker cue and may be disguised as a wealthy businessman.
Cronin, 48, has been in and out of jail for scams. He lured Kathleen, of Coventry, into a relationship by claiming he was a banker, then nicked £4,000 from her and fled.
She said: “Just before he robbed me, he started dressing scruffy, like he was playing a part.
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“He said he was going to buy new clothes — it was with my money.”
Cronin, of Tranent, East Lothian, posed as an Irish priest to get into the Edinburgh home of Tory activist ‘Judy X’ who he raped and beat with a poker in 1992.
He was caged for six years.
The sicko’s rap sheet features more than 50 offences, including multiple thefts and sexually assaulting a girl of 14.
We told last week how he pretended to be ‘Shane Clancy’ to charm a string of single women who he conned.
One victim, Linda Bone, said: “I was vulnerable at the time. I had lost my husband to Alzheimer’s disease.
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“We met in a nightclub and I fell for him. I was in love.
“But when I look back I think ‘what did I see in him?’.”
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