Britain’s worst mom Karen Matthews is engaged to a convicted paedophile, MailOnline can expose.
She met handyman Paul Saunders 6 months in the past as he labored on her bathroom.
Matthews, 44, jailed for faking the kidnap of her 9-12 months-old daughter, has been showing off her engagement ring right after Saunders popped the query at Christmas.
But previous close friends of her new fiance have reacted with fury immediately after it emerged that he was jailed for five years in 2010 for obtaining intercourse with a teenage woman.
Karen Matthews (left) has obtained engaged to handyman Paul Saunders, 56, (suitable) who was jailed for 5 many years in 2010 for participating in sexual action with a ‘vulnerable’ teenage female
Matthews, noticed on her cell mobile phone on Saturday, is ‘head over heels’ in enjoy with Saunders and has been found all around her hometown in southern England carrying an engagement ring
Matthews, 44, (still left) is infamous for faking the kidnap of her 9-12 months-outdated daughter Shannon (right) in 2008 when she and a previous boyfriend hid the youngster inside a bed for 24 times
The 56-yr-outdated abused her more than 3 decades and his solution was only identified when indecent pictures of the lady ended up located on his cellular mobile phone.
Back again in January 2010 Oxford Crown Courtroom listened to his offences took put concerning 2006 and 2009 when his sufferer was aged between 15 and 17.
Saunders, of Blackbird Leys, Oxfordshire, was only caught just after he was jailed for 8 weeks for profit fraud in Could the former yr.
He qualified the ‘vulnerable’ girl and created indecent illustrations or photos of her, the court docket heard as he was placed on the sex offenders’ sign up for daily life.
His victim, who is now an grownup, claimed immediately after he was jailed: ‘He would make me sick. He must die. I loathe him.’
Matthews, who sparked a single of the country’s biggest-at any time missing folks hunts when she hid her daughter Shannon inside a mattress for 24 days, is stated to have confessed her criminal past to Saunders.
It is not known if Saunders has admitted his sordid past to her.
Matthews no longer has any get hold of with Shannon or her other kids.
Matthews was pictured seeking elated with her previous spouse Craig Meehan right after Shannon was found alive. Meehan was not involved in the kidnapping plot
Matthews in March 2008 keeping her daughter’s favourite teddy bear as she feigned an emotional attraction for her safe return
Matthews (still left) and co-conspirator Michael Donovan (suitable) were both sentenced to eight yrs in jail in January 2009 and unveiled in 2012 soon after serving 50 % their sentences
Matthews has been observed on numerous situations with her new beau about the city exactly where she is dwelling in the south of England.
She is explained by friends to be ‘inseparable’ from her boyfriend with one particular declaring they are performing ‘like teenagers in adore.’
Saunders is reported to be unconcerned about his new girlfriend’s past which observed her labeled ‘Britain’s worst mother’.
Matthews led from Dewsbury police station in advance of a courtroom visual appearance in excess of Shannon’s kidnap
Matthews had engineered the kidnap of Shannon in Dewsbury, West Yorks.
She and her ex-boyfriend’s uncle Michael Donovan ended up jailed in 2008 for the plot to phase Sharon’s kidnapping and assert the £50,000 reward for ‘finding’ her.
Matthews designed a series of tearful Tv set appeals for enable in getting her daughter as West Yorkshire Law enforcement introduced a single of the force’s premier at any time searches.
Shannon was at some point observed by detectives in Donovan’s flat, all around a mile from her home in Dewsbury, 24 times just after she disappeared.
Prosecutors said the schoolgirl was drugged and most likely kept captive on a leash throughout her incarceration.
Police explained Matthews as ‘pure evil’ just after she was observed guilty of kidnap, false imprisonment and perverting the study course of justice.
Her then-boyfriend, Craig Meehan, was not included in the kidnapping plot.
Having said that, he was individually convicted of possessing 49 indecent images of little ones on a residence computer.
She and Donovan were both equally sentenced to 8 many years in jail in January 2009 and launched in 2012 after serving half their sentences.
Shannon was raised by a new spouse and children under a new identification and is now an adult.
As element of her release from jail Matthews was presented a taxpayer-funded flat but has been banned from any speak to with Shannon or her other 6 kids.
Saunders will have been launched following serving half of his five 12 months sentence.
He pleaded guilty to 4 counts of partaking in sexual exercise with a youngster, creating indecent images of a little one and two counts of sexual assault.
The mom of his target explained how she shed it when she discovered the indecent photos of her daughter on his cellular phone.
She stated: ‘I went barmy, to say the the very least, I am sickened and disgusted.’
At the time of the offences Saunders labored as an ambulance driver for mentally ill and disabled young adults.