Ajibola Daudu said ‘I deserve to lose everything for what I did’ to his victimCredit:Cascade She said that they were the actions of “evil people” and that she was “totally embarrassed, humiliated and ashamed”.She “met” a man on the day she joined Plenty of Fish in February 2015, the court heard. The man claimed to be an intelligence agent and said his father had died in Dubai.But there were complications with the paperwork needed to release his inheritance, he told her. Mrs Hawes agreed to pay £2,700 to allow John to travel to Dubai.She then travelled there herself and was told she would need to pay another £10,000 for an anti-money laundering certificate, which she did. Show more I can’t believe this has happened to me. It all sounds so unbelievableLynn Hawes During that time, Mrs Hawes fell in love with one of the conmen, who then disappeared, and had an intimate relationship with another, Ajibola Daudu, a court heard.After accepting that she was being conned, Mrs Hawes strung Daudu along and arranged a meeting at which he was arrested.Daudu, 43, of Purfleet, Essex, who was facing trial on one count of fraud, pleaded guilty at Chester Crown Court and was sentenced to 45 months in jail.Judge Nicolas Woodward told Daudu that he had carried out a “deliberate and shameless betrayal”. Two other men involved in the scam remain at large, the court heard.Mrs Hawes, who had been flown to Dubai and shown a suitcase said to contain the £7m in cash, told the court in a victim impact statement that her search for companionship had been “exposed in the most cruel manner”.”They made me feel so special and so loved,” she said. “I can’t believe this has happened to me. It all sounds so unbelievable.” Daudu then told her they would need more money to exchange the cash from dollars to pounds. She sold some jewellery and borrowed £10,000 from a friend and handed him £12,000 in cash at an hotel in London in June 2016.Daudu the persuaded to hand over a further £9,000, secured by a bank loan, “because Brexit had increased the price of a currency conversion certificate”.It was at this point that she became suspicious and spoke to police. Daudu then said he needed another £27,500. She arranged a meeting in London and officers arrested him.The court heard that, in total, Mrs Hawes lost £100,000 in money she handed over and interest on loans. But a basis of plea which was put forward by Daudu, and accepted by the prosecution, said that he had received no more than £26,000.Defending, Jide Lanlehin said that Daudu wanted to apologise to Mrs Hawes and he “wished he had the courage at an earlier stage to tell her finally about what was going on”. Mr Lanlehin said that Daudu had three children with an ex-partner who he regularly sees and had a law degree.Daudu, who had spent the entire hearing with his head in his hands, shouted to the court “I deserve to lose everything for what I did to her” and started sobbing loudly. A lovestruck woman who lost £100,000 in an elaborate con by online fraudsters strung one of the scammers along for two months to help police catch him.Lynn Hawes was targeted in what was described as a “planned, complicated, sophisticated and systematic” sting after joining the Plenty of Fish dating website.She handed over cash, sold jewellery, took out a bank loan and borrowed money from a friend to help one of the conmen in unlocking what she was told was a £7million inheritance in Dubai.However, it was part of a sophisticated scam that was played out over almost 18 months and left her “exposed in the most cruel manner”. But Mrs Hawes said she did not believe Daudu was remorseful, adding: “I’ve seen those tears before. He can put on an act. He has no remorse in my eyes.”She said: “It was just like a movie. There was at least six to seven people. They had everything, all the props. I felt it was 100 per cent genuine.”Jailing him, Judge Nicolas Woodward described the offence as a “deliberate and shameless betrayal”. Police praised the courage of Mrs Hawes, who continued to speak to Daudu for nearly two months after her suspicious were raised that she was being conned. She helped set up a meeting with him where he was arrested by police.Sgt Kev Green, from Cheshire Police, said: “Daudu failed to recognise the courage and determination of his victim, who once she realised was being scammed, was instrumental in his location and arrest.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Sandvik continues to invest in South Africa by setting up local manufacturing capabilities to build high quality load and haul equipment close to its customers. In addition, Sandvik is introducing Sandvik LH115L, a reliable and robust 5-t low profile loader designed for demanding African conditions.Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has almost 70 years’ history of servicing the South African market. During this time, it has become well-acquainted with the challenges facing its mining industry and understands the important modernizing role that private investment and local manufacturing can play in extending mine life, skills development and employment and the achievement of sustainable, inclusive growth. Sandvik has identified the opportunity to support local industry through local manufacture of Sandvik products and localization of machines, supporting both employment and local suppliers. The organization has therefore decided to establish its own local manufacturing facility for the complete production of Sandvik LH115L 5 t LHDs for the African market. This highlights Sandvik’s commitment to meaningful contribution to the South African economy. In addition to the LH115L, Sandvik’s Product Area Load and Haul is bringing its global standards and processes in high quality manufacturing to this new facility. “We are creating knowledge transfer to set up the proven processes and systems that we already have in our other manufacturing locations around the world so that we can be in a position to add other Sandvik products to this manufacturing site when needed”, says Mats Eriksson, President for Product Area Load and Haul at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.Having made the decision to invest, the South African manufacturing facility began prototype operations in July 2017 and will initially produce LH115L machine. “Facility operations will follow a staged approach, with capacity ramping up based on customer demand,” says Steve Greisiger, Production Manager Jet Park, Product Area Load and Haul.Sandvik’s current overall workforce totals 1,400, based at the regional hub in Jet Park, seven main branches and multiple mines and workshops across the country. “This latest local manufacturing facility represents an exciting new chapter in the company’s development and underscores our desire to play a part in the skills development and local manufacturing capabilities,” concludes Simon Andrews, Vice President, Sales Area Southern Africa, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.The Sandvik LH115L five-tonne low profile loader is a new product that Sandvik will be launching in South Africa. Both cost-efficient and durable, the loader has been developed and optimized for local mining conditions. It is also the first product to be manufactured locally, using local suppliers, locally-sourced components and local employees, with training programs in place. Sandvik LH115L machine builds on the proven capabilities of its predecessor, the EJC115L, with the latest safety features. The new LH115L loader has high availability and is easy to maintain, resulting in optimized lifetime operational costs. In addition, Sandvik provides the full low profile portfolio offering of underground drills and bolters to ensure matching sets of equipment.It complies with the latest safety requirements and, with its powerful drivetrain, robust frame designed for low profile operations and simplified electronics, is optimized to provide high levels of availability and unequalled productivity in the harshest African conditions.