" But to my mind, I had developed a trust with this person.'Mrs Fowkes, who has two grown-up sons, first began writing to Hawkins in April 2010 after joining a dating website.
With his ex-wife, Athina Onassis de Miranda, he owns the AD Sport Horses company, which breeds and trains horses and is based at Haras de Ligny, the compound owned by the father-son team of Nelson and Rodrigo Pessoa in Fleurus, Belgium.However, he never arrived, claiming he had been prevented from leaving Nigeria because of an unpaid tax bill.Two weeks later, he called again saying he was unable to pay the bill because his money was tied up in the UK – and asked for her help.'When he spoke he had a slight South African accent, which I found quite endearing.We talked about everything under the sun – families, relationships, hobbies, interests, pets, our past.I completely trusted him.'Mrs Fowkes only realised something was wrong when police turned up on her doorstep in November 2010.