The Old Lady lived in a house that adjoined the flat where Vinny Ashford, a crooked associate of Pat Phelan, lived. The two men were involved in a scam to develop and sell flats at The Carter Warehouse on Calcutta Street in which they would flee to Mexico on false passports with the investor's deposits, leaving them empty-handed. Vinny though also had plans to scam the scammer by running off alone with all the money. He packed his bags and left the flat to get into his taxi for Manchester Airport as the lady came out of her next-door house, being nosy about his plans. Vinny told her he was going to Hawaii and to advise the landlord if she saw him calling.
A few hours later, Phelan called at the flat and the lady came out to tell him that Vinny had left in a rush at 8.00am that morning, though she admitted that she didn't even know her neighbour's name. Phelan started to get worried, particularly when he found that Vinny's mobile was disconnected and when he found out that their joint bank account had been drained he realised that he had been made a victim too.