I proposed to my girlfriend the day after I got out of PRISON
A MAN proposed to his girlfriend the day after he was released from PRISON following their whirlwind romance while 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 ‘dating’ an inmate told them brought into contact.
But after a month of countless messages, phone calls, letters and lavish gifts, the couple were smitten and became boyfriend and girlfriend, despite not meeting in person for another eight months.
After 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 10.
The 22-year-old showed her commitment by surprising her boyfriend with a tattoo of her initial on his ribs when they first met in person.
The footage shows how, despite just over 24 hours of freedom, Harley returned the gesture by popping the question before setting off celebratory fireworks.
The following day, the beloved duo, who have been together for a year and a half, went to pick out an engagement ring together.
Breah went for a diamond and platinum number.
The carer is now staying in a rented flat in St Ives, Cornwall, to be close to the hostel her fiancé is due to stay in as part of his probation.
Breah, from Swindon, Wiltshire, said: “The first time we kissed it was so surreal, I was crying, it didn’t feel real. It was like I was living a dream.
“It’s crazy to finally be together after only 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 fireworks. I’ve never felt like this in my life, I was at a loss for words and really emotional.
“I had no idea. Everyone was guessing he was going to propose, but I didn’t want to hope, so I didn’t expect it.
“I didn’t think he would because he didn’t have time to buy a ring, but we went to get it the next day.”
Harley, from south east London, said: “Ever since I came out it’s just unreal. It still feels unreal now, it’s unbelievable.
“I knew I was going to propose to her when I got out. She supported me in jail and she’s just a good girl, she has a heart of gold and she would do anything for you.
“You couldn’t ask for a better partner to be with, so I knew I had to drop the question on him.
“I was quite nervous but she said yes and I was over the moon – it was a good job that she said yes because I had already set up the fireworks.”
The ex-con admits he’s been ‘in and out of prison’ for most of his adult life, with his latest ATM robbery seeing him jailed from late 2018 until his death. recent release.
He was due to be released last December, but Breah says a dispute with an ex-partner during his sentence saw his sentence extended for “harassment”.
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After his release and the fitting of the GPS tracking bracelet, the pair were able to spend quality time together during the day at Breah’s temporary flat, before Harley had to return to the hostel each night.
They enjoyed their newfound freedom and each other’s company – alongside their one-year-old French bulldog dream that Harley’s father bought for the couple to share while imprisoned.
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Breah said: “He wasn’t allowed through the gates, the police had to go into the jail to get him out and straight to the hostel, so I didn’t get that initial moment of him coming out.
“But after installing his GPS and fixing everything, we were able to spend some time together.
“The first thing we did was a big grocery store together. Harley had been looking forward to this after prison food for so long.
“He comes every day at 7 a.m., lets me sleep in and cooks me breakfast – we did a lot of home cooking because he loves to cook and he misses it.
“We are two minutes from the beach, so every day we take the dog to the beach and have a good walk with her there and enjoy the view.
“It’s almost like [my dog] Dream has a sixth sense and knows who he is because they had obviously never met before, but as soon as she saw him she was so excited.
“I’ve never seen her like this, she’s so loving and always wants to be around him, she follows him everywhere and plays with him all the time – she loves him more than me now.”
The pair are currently not allowed to spend the night together as Harley has to sleep at her hostel as part of her probation.
But once this period is over, after three to six months depending on their behavior, the couple will be able to buy their own house and live together.
After giving each other luxurious gifts in 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 find a place together so we can save up for a deposit and then we’ll start planning the wedding.
“We hope to move here because it’s so beautiful here and away from everything else like a fresh start.”
Harley said: “Meeting Breah changed my life for the better because before that when I lost my mother I was lost, inside and outside of prison, with the wrong people. and on the wrong track.
“But now I’m moving away from London and Swindon and settling in with Breah, it’s going well.”