DANIEL Bell’s ex-girlfriend has spoken of the moment she found out what sort of man he really is.
When a detective arrived at her home in Fareham on New Year’s Eve in 2010 she feared he had been in an accident.
But her emotions soon turned to horror as she learnt the truth.
The mum-of-two, who doesn’t want to be named, said: ‘At first I asked if he was all right.
‘But the detective said “I need to talk to you about his relationship with your children”.
‘My stomach just turned. I was desperate to get hold of him and find out what was going on.
‘He didn’t even have the decency to tell me what was going on. He told me someone had stolen his identity online.
‘He absolutely refused to talk to me.’
By that stage the couple, who met at the Walkabout bar in Guildhall Walk in 2008, had split up. It wasn’t until The News reported the group had been charged in April this year that the women learnt the details of what he was accused of.
She said: ‘It was in my head all the time. The police interviewed my children and I spoke to them to find out myself if he had done anything but after that I didn’t have any concerns.’
Initially Bell was charming and bought her and her children presents but he began spending more time on his laptop.
‘To start with he was a really nice lad,’ she said. ‘He was charming. The kids liked him because he was funny.
‘But I started to realise it wasn’t much of a relationship. He was always really secretive. He would come over to my house where my kids were and he used to lock his laptop if he went to the toilet and if he went outside for a cigarette he would take it with him.
‘Every time I read about it my jaw dropped. To say that he did it because he was depressed and drinking heavily is rubbish. He always drank heavily. What he’s done is absolutely awful.’