Shamed kidnap mum Karen Matthews pictured flat hunting with paedophile fiance
Shamed kidnap mum Karen Matthews has been busy flat hunting with her paedophile fiancé.
Matthews, who faked her own daughter’s abduction, got engaged to convicted paedophile Paul Saunders last Christmas after a whirlwind six week fling.
Now the handyman, who has had an on-off relationship with the mum-of-seven, has been helping Matthews find a new pad.
Matthews, 44, was pictured clutching a bottle of Prosecco as she checked out the upstairs flat in a town in the south with Saunders.
Her lover was jailed in 2010 after admitting engaging in sexual activity with a child.
Since getting together with Saunders, Matthews has cut ties with all her pals who disapprove of her new love.
The odd couple met when he came to do some work on her flat.
One former friend said: “She’s pathetic. She’s chosen a paedo over her family and friends
She says she loves him and she doesn’t want to be alone.”
When news of her new lover’s background emerged, Matthews claimed she had no idea about his previous conviction.
His paedophilia conviction in 2010 saw him jailed for five years.
Before then he had been working as a driver taking the elderly to hospital and disabled teenagers to college.
Oxford Crown Court heard his offences took place between 2006 and 2009 when his victim was a teenager.
Saunders, then of Oxfordshire, was only caught after he was jailed for eight weeks for benefit fraud in May the previous year and photographs of the victim were found on his mobile phone.
He was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.
Matthews was jailed alongside her ex-boyfriend’s uncle Michael Donovan in 2008 for faking the kidnap of her nine-year-old daughter in her native Dewsbury, West Yorks.
Her former boyfriend Craig Meehan was jailed in 2008 for 20 weeks for possessing child porn.
He was jailed after being convicted of possessing indecent images of children on a computer found in the home Meehan shared with Karen Matthews in Dewsbury.
LOCATION update – Reading in Berkshire
Karen Matthews now calls herself ‘Katy Parker’
April 2018: Updated picture