Stephan begged her to end the relationship after hearing that Hawke used to "push his sister around."But Sharon told her brother that she was "just desperate to be loved" and stopped speaking to him shortly after.
"She continued her relationship with that monster," her devastated brother said.
Speaking for the first time since his sister Sharon Winters was murdered by online lover Kevin Hawke, Stephen urges women to be wary of meeting men on the internet."She was a lonely heart just wanting love," Stephen said of his sister.
"That animal preyed on her caring nature."I still can't believe someone would want to hurt my poor, defenceless sister in such a horrific manner," he added.
Just three days later, on July 13, 2014, police found her dead in her flat in Liverpool.
And now Stephan, from Wirral, Merseyside, is determined that his sister's death will not in vain.
The person you think is a straight-forward, honest individual who is sincerely interested in you may, in fact, be a cheating spouse.
It’s easy to obtain a secret email address, create an online persona, even arrange for a post office box for mailing correspondence, all in an attempt to cloak a true identity.
He told how his sibling suffered more than 90 injuries, including being stabbed in the liver, spleen, lungs and heart with a four-and-a-half inch knife.
After stabbing Sharon, Hawke had a beer before calling the police.
Whether it’s a responding to a newspaper ad, creating an online dating profile or swiping right on the latest dating app, non-traditional dating has it pros and cons.