Internet dating deaths
The 33-year-old was jailed for a minimum of 17-and-a-half years after he admitted murder in July last year.Liverpool Crown Court was told Hawke, of no fixed abode, moved into Sharon's house after just one date, and started controlling the 39-year-old, who suffered from depression and had learning difficulties.Just three days later, on July 13, 2014, police found her dead in her flat in Liverpool.And now Stephan, from Wirral, Merseyside, is determined that his sister's death will not in vain.Speaking for the first time since his sister Sharon Winters was murdered by online lover Kevin Hawke, Stephen urges women to be wary of meeting men on the internet."She was a lonely heart just wanting love," Stephen said of his sister.
After stabbing Sharon, Hawke had a beer before calling the police.All she wanted to do was find her soulmate."She wore her heart on her sleeve."She was kind and caring – a lovely woman."Sharon started looking on internet dating sites in 2013, when she was off work with depression.And Stephen, who is a father-of-seven, feared that men were taking advantage of his susceptible younger sister.He is appealing for women in violent relationships to seek help, and be cautious when online dating.
The 44-year-old said: "Sharon was the kindest, most loving sister.He said: "I used to check up on her all the time, I was incredibly protective."One day when I was taking her over some shopping, I noticed she was looking brighter, and she told me she'd met someone online."She showed me their messages to one another and I was horrified.