British granny conned by Kenyan ‘lover’
A British grandmother has confessed how her Kenyan ‘lover’ ran away with her life savings.
Judith Stillwell, 61, did not need to travel abroad to meet the Kenyan husband who eventually betrayed her trust.
She met Ovi Elias, who told her he lived in London, on a dating website and thought she had found her soul mate.
They decided to meet in person, began a relationship and got married three years later.
This saw Elias move into Stillwell’s home in Ashington, West Sussex.
But she later discovered that her husband, who made frequent trips abroad for what he claimed was ‘urgent business’, had 47 other lovers across the world.
“I handed my Kenyan husband £25,000 (Ksh 3, 000, 000) – then found he’d got 47 other women across the world,” says Stillwell a former teacher.
MEETING OTHER WOMEN
“While I believed him when he said he was flying to Dubai to do property deals, I have now discovered he was actually flying all over the world meeting other women who funded his lifestyle, just like me,” Stillwell said
According to her, she believed Elias was ‘completely different’ from any man she had ever met before.
“I thought we had a genuine relationship and I’d met my soul mate. But the reality is Ovi – or Steve as he was also known – seems to be making a good living out of women like me. He meets them on a website, says he is in love and then after coming out with various sob stories, gets them to pay for his bed, board, and travel.”
He told her he had come to the United Kingdom 20 years ago as a student and now owned a flat in London.
He claimed he was a retired accountant and was in the process of buying a property in Dubai.
The couple first met in 2009, and Elias later moved into her three-bed bungalow. The couple wed in Brighton in August 2012, with Stillwell changing her name to Mrs Elias.
MET HIS RELATIVES
“After our wedding, I paid for us to visit his relatives in Kenya for a blessing, staying in one cramped room with other relatives,” she said.
“I was so moved by the dilapidated state of the house his father lived in, I paid out thousands to have water and electric showers connected plus other essential repairs.”
The retired teacher went ahead to say that one day as she was updating her computer she found out the Kenyan man had not closed his emails down properly.
She’d found a list of 47 women, dotted around the world. She went ahead and contacted some of them – a woman in the States, a “Roz” in Tasmania, another woman in the Philippines and so on.
“Apparently he met them all on dating websites and using the story about a property in Dubai, got them to pay his air fares all around the world.”
She said police have told her there is nothing they can do as her husband did not break any laws.
“My only hope is telling my story warns other women to beware,” she added.