A MAN proposed to his girlfriend the day after he got out of PRISON following their whirlwind romance while he was behind bars.
Carer Breah Sutton, 22, had never met serial burglar Harley Webb, 32, when they started talking on the phone in August 2020 after a friend who was also “uitgaan” an inmate put them in touch.
But after a month of countless messages, phone calls, letters and lavish gifts, the pair were smitten and became boyfriend and girlfriend, despite not meeting in person for another eight months.
Once Covid restrictions banning prison visits were lifted, Breah visited her boyfriend for the first time in May 2021 and every week since then until his release a week ago, on January 10th.
The 22-year-old showed her commitment by surprising her boyfriend with a tattoo of his initial on her ribs at their first in-person meeting.
Footage shows how, despite being just over 24 hours into his freedom, Harley returned the gesture by popping the question before releasing celebratory fireworks.
The following day the loved-up duo, who have been together for one-and-a-half years, went and chose an engagement ring together.
Breah opted for a diamond and platinum number.
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The carer is now staying in a rented apartment in St Ives, Cornwall, to be near the hostel her fiance has to stay in as part of his probation.
Breah, van Swindon, Wiltshire, gesê: “The first time we got to hug it was just so surreal, Ek het gehuil, it doesn’t seem real. It’s like I’m living a dream.
“It’s crazy finally being together after just visits and phone calls for so long but it’s like we’ve known each other forever, there are no awkward moments or anything.
“He proposed to me the next day in a park with a firework display. I’ve never felt like that ever in my life, I was lost for words and really emotional.
“Ek het geen idee gehad nie. Everyone was guessing that he would propose but I didn’t want to get my hopes up so I wasn’t expecting it.
“I didn’t think he’d do it because he hadn’t had time to get a ring but we went and got it the next day.”
Harley, from South East London, gesê: “Since I got out it’s just been unreal. It still seems unreal now, Dis wonderlik.
“I knew I was going to propose to her when I got out. She’s stood by me in jail and she’s just a good girl, she’s got a heart of gold and she’d do anything for you.
“You couldn’t ask for a better partner to be with so I knew I had to drop the question to her.
“I was quite nervous but she said yes and I was over the moon – it was a good job she said yes because I already had the firework display set up.”
The ex-convict admits he has been “in and out of prison” for most of his adult life, with his most recent stint of burglary from cash machines seeing him imprisoned from late 2018 up to his recent release.
He was meant to be released last December but Breah says conflict with an ex-partner during his sentence saw his term extended for “harassment.”
LOCKED IN LOVE
Following his release and GPS tracking anklet being fitted, the pair have been able to spend quality time together during the day at Breah’s temporary apartment, before Harley has to return to the hostel each night.
They have been enjoying their newfound freedom and each other’s company – alongside their one-year-old French Bulldog Dream that Harley’s dad bought for the pair to share during his imprisonment.
Breah said: “He wasn’t allowed to walk out the gates, the police had to go into the jail to take him out and straight to the hostel so I didn’t get that initial moment of him walking out.
“But after he got his GPS fitted and sorted everything out we were able to spend some time together.
“The first thing we did was a big food shop together. Harley was looking forward to that after prison food for so long.
“He comes over at 7am every day, lets me have a lie-in and cooks me breakfast – we’ve done a lot of home cooking because he likes cooking and he’s missed that.
“We’re two minutes away from the beach so everyday we’re taking the dog to the beach and having a good walk with her on there and enjoying the views.
“It’s almost like [my dog] Dream has a sixth sense and knows who he is because obviously they’d never met before but as soon as she saw him she was so excited.
“I’ve never seen her like it, she’s so loving and always wants to be near him, she follows him everywhere and plays with him all the time – she loves him more than me now.”
The couple are currently not allowed to stay together overnight as Harley has to sleep at his assigned hostel as part of his probation.
But once this period ends, after three to six months depending on his behaviour, the pair will be able to buy their own home and live together.
After lavishing each other with luxurious gifts during the first 18 months of their relationship while Harley was behind bars, the engaged couple are now focused on saving for their future together.
Breah said: “The first thing we want to do is get a place together so we’re saving for a deposit and then we’ll start planning the wedding.
“We’re hoping to move down here because it’s so lovely here and away from everything else like a fresh start.”
Harley said: “Meeting Breah has changed my life for the better because before that, when I lost my mum, I was lost, in and out of prison, around the wrong people and on the wrong track.
“But now I’m moving away from London and Swindon and settling down with Breah, it’s going good.”