In fact, he was a serial conman with a staggering 133 previous convictions for fraud, and a string of jail sentences to his name — which, in reality, is Christopher Heayns, although he has gone by 17 different aliases.‘I feel violated for having had those feelings.
Facing him in court was the most humiliating experience of my life.
He seemed to be planning long term for us and I told myself that in time it might be my home, too.’For Heayns had gone to extravagant lengths to flesh out his financial and professional persona.‘He had mountains of barrister case files and I heard him on the phone several times with clients and investors — elaborate, sometimes heated phone calls, although presumably there was no one else on the other end of the phone.’This was despite Heayns, shortly after moving into the Hexham apartment, ‘confessing’ he had been released from prison a year earlier after being accused of taking a bribe, an offence for which he was subsequently acquitted.And never more so than when, in early December, her mother confided that she had also given Heayns £125,000 from savings and on credit cards, believing she was helping tide him over and — by extension — her daughter.Too terrified to tell her parents, Liz put on a brave face through the festive season. I remember thinking I just needed to hang on in there and get my money back.’‘One analogy he used was that if people crossed him in the past, if he was punched once in the face they would be stabbed ten times in the back.Despite everything he’d lied about, I felt these threats were genuine.’In despair, Liz worked day and night to try to pay the credit card bills with their spiralling interest — and the £23,000 outstanding rent on Heayns’s home, which she learned of only when she received a county-court judgment.'He had hosted a prostitute party at his flat while I was working a nightshift, and had countless other girls over sleeping in the bed we shared there.
A man and a woman have been charged with robbery after a man was held up in Dartmouth early Monday morning.The man told police he met the woman on the online dating site Plenty of Fish.A screenshot of the Android version of the Plenty Of Fish app is shown in this undated handout photo.Canadian company Plenty Of Fish continues to reel in big numbers with the online dating site now surpassing 100 million users.It’s been a steady ascent for the homegrown startup which CEO and founder Markus Frind launched from his Vancouver apartment in 2003.While there are plenty of web-based services now available to help forge potential romantic connections, the online landscape was drastically different when Frind created Plenty Of Fish — and not just with respect to dating.