African youth dumps a disabled 64-year old UK pensioner after obtaining visa


A disabled pensioner said she was ‘gutted’ after marrying her Tunisian toy boy following a whirlwind romance – only for him to leave her when he arrived in the UK.

Patricia, who lives in the Midlands, was feeling lonely when she signed up to an internet dating website and was quickly contacted by 26-year-old Mondher, from Tunisia.

‘I was looking for love and looking for someone to share my life,’ Patricia, 64, told the Channel 5 documentary Holiday Love Rats.


‘It was exciting. I thought I had found someone I could spend the rest of my life with.

‘When he first contacted me he was all lovey-dovey and he started telling me he loved me when we had been talking for three weeks and asking me to go there for a holiday.’

Mondher told Patricia that they could be together despite the 33-year age gap at the time, and being from different countries.

‘I thought age was just a number and he kept drilling that into my head,’ said Patricia, who uses a disability scooter.

‘As long as we love each other, that’s all that matters. He made me feel good because he was younger than me.’

Despite suffering from crippling osteoarthritis, six months later she jetted off on holiday and it was love at first sight.


When I got to the airport in Tunisia, he was waiting for me and I fell in love straight away,’ said Patricia, a pensioner.

‘I had been there for five days when he said “let’s get married, let’s just do it!”

‘I thought “I love the guy, go for it”.

‘He was telling me he was going to treat me like a princess, we could buy a car and he would take me out where I wanted to go.’

Patricia married Mondher in 2012 and said she felt ‘like a princess’, despite having to pay for everything, including the sheep that was to be slaughtered for the celebratory meal.

However, her dream of a perfect life quickly turned into a nightmare when she was forced to return to the UK without him.

Eight months later, she secured Mondher a visitor’s visa, but a happy reunion was not to be.

‘He didn’t have much communication with me at all,’ said Patricia. ‘It was like once he’d moved here, that was it.

‘I felt like I was second best and having Mondher in the house was a nightmare.

He would have an argument with me if I spoke to my daughter on the phone. Marriage wasn’t good.’

Having already spent thousands on holidays to Tunisia, flights and food, and with Mondher’s visitor’s visa running out, Patricia refused to pay a further £2,000 to secure a new visa.

However, she was left devastated when her husband then announced he was leaving her to stay with friends in Portsmouth.

‘I was absolutely gutted,’ she added. ‘I felt I had been used and made a fool of myself.’

In a statement to the programme, Mondher said that his marriage to Patricia collapsed due to circumstances beyond his control, that he loved Patricia and did not come to England for the money.

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