The court was told that Jeffreys and Ms Catherall had met on free online dating website Plenty Of Fish, and had been seeing each other for several weeks at the time of the attack on September 13, last year.
Jeffreys (left) is seen being taken into court for an earlier hearing, while Karen Catherall's mother Glenys Kier and her partner Esmor Evans are pictured leaving Mold Crown Court after yesterday's sentencing Members of Ms Catherall's family give a statement outside court yesterday.
Mr Justice Wyn Williams had said that Jeffreys subjected his victim 'to a ferocious, sustained and in the end deadly attack' in her own home'They will continue to suffer for some time to come although we hope in the fullness of time those feelings will abate but we recognise that they were never, ever fully go away,' he said, adding that the killing had not been pre-meditated.
'This emerging threat appears to be a result of the increasing popularity of online dating – including free and subscription services, dating websites, apps and 'hook up' services- combined with the behaviours and expectations fostered by an online environment.'Catherall and Jefferys were described as being fond of one another, and were becoming increasingly close.
says the lawsuit — based on the false sense of security provided by Match.com’s advertising — is ridiculous. But there is something about the legitimacy of sites like that makes it feel safer than, say, Craigslist, and not really for any good reason. Connecticut, New York, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, and others have passed laws requiring dating sites to post safety notices, including indicating that they do not perform background checks.
began checking users against national sex offender registries in 2011 after a woman sued the site, saying she was raped by a repeat sex offender she met on the site.
Matt Doran went to Las Vegas for a scary social experiment in a Crime Watch Daily investigation.
Four months later he hid in her garage until she came home, stabbed her ten times, and stomped on her head.
She had to undergo extensive surgery, including replacing part of her skull with a “synthetic component.” Ridley was later charged with killing a woman in Phoenix and committed suicide.
Online dating has become a boom industry, grossing more than billion a year, making it even an bigger money spinner than porn, with 38 percent of all American singles looking for a relationship using dating sites and apps.
But as we discovered there's a dark side to it that's putting women in peril.