One more sad tale of hurt and betrayal with online dating
A conman who stole cash, jewellery and cars from vulnerable women after meeting them on one of the UK’s biggest dating sites, once again lifts the lid on how much women are placing themselves in danger by using online dating sites recklessly.
Daniel Olley of Ipswich was jailed for 46 months, but incredibly is already in jail anyway serving 3 years for a string of almost identical cases in another part of the country and his case, quite frankly should provide a salutary lesson to all women using these sites to think carefully about whether or not the risks are actually worth it.
It was stated in court that one of the women was left so penniless that she could not afford to buy new winter clothes for her children after former mechanic Olley- stole hundreds of pounds from her and another mother had to get a taxi to visit her son in hospital after Olley stole her car.
Olley, who was living at a Kingsley Guest House in Ipswich, admitted offences of theft from four women and fraud relating to selling their cars.
He carried out the crimes between October and December last year, Ipswich Crown Court heard.
Jailing him for 46 months, Judge David Goodin said there was a ‘cynical cruelty’ to his offending and told him: ‘You are in effect a cautionary tale for vulnerable women’.
The judge said what Olley had done to the four women, three of whom he met on dating websites, was ‘horrid in the extreme’.
Incredibly however it was not his first offence and similar tales of woe can be traced to Clacton-on-Sea, Chelmsford and Hatfield are on record, in an area of crime that seems to be growing exponentially at the present time. And once again we would ask the question are dating events that are held in a safe, supervised and facilitated environment not a better and much safer way of meeting?
When the Music Stops checks and verifies the home address and postal code of every online booker as part of the booking process and keeps client records permanently too. Surely a safer scenario than someone who has undergone no checks whatsoever on many online sites?
Whilst our sister companies, Matchmakers Dating and Searchmate actually personally interviews and checks out every single joiner too.
Let’s be careful out there!
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