Meeting him face to face was a different matter, however.His photo was years out of date and he had lied about his height. He was a midget with a comb-over and the conversational skills of a libidinous teenager.Which is why when I read that in 20 years’ time half of us will be meeting our partners on the internet I was horrified.
I have subscribed to top matchmaking sites, gone on many disastrous dates and ended up shell-shocked and disillusioned.
When I took my first tentative step into the world of online romance I had just come out of a seven-year relationship and was looking forward to meeting a man who made me feel special.
So I handed over my money to a dating site for professionals and waited.
Beaten: Paul turned into a green-eyed monster punching Michelle repeatedly in the face and even stabbed her in the leg, refusing to take her to hospital.
She was told if it had been a deeper cut, she would have bled to death Deceiving: Michelle thought she was being set up by the dating web gods, she was actually in store for a nasty surprise when her tall, dark, handsome lover turned out to be a violent monster who beat and stabbed her 'But I didn’t want to write off the idea completely so I thought I would try a different site and see if my luck might be any better.
I found this one on online and because it was free I decided to give it a go.' Not what he seemed: Twenty-five-year-old Paul Cuthbert's profile stated that he was a single father from Grimsby who doted on his four-year-old daughter and that he was looking for a nice girl to fall in love with, but that all turned out to be lies The following weekend, Paul again travelled to Leicester to meet Michelle and, as they chatted, agreed to meet up the next weekend in Grimsby where he promised Michelle would get to meet his daughter.
'But the strange thing was, I didn’t see a single picture of her in his flat.
I tried to put it out of my mind as he seemed so lovely and I felt like I had known him forever. Looking back, alarm bells should have been ringing.''That night, after we’d had dinner and gone to bed, he was distant but I felt it was understandable as he’d just lost his daughter.
I felt helpless that there was nothing I could do to make him feel better.''Serving 16 months in jail for beating and stabbing someone isn’t exactly justice.