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WEB OF DECEIT; DATING BLAME - Teacher played dead to end internet affair.

Byline: By CHARLES LAVERY

A SPURNED Serb yesterday claimed a married teacher faked her own death to end their bizarre internet affair Distraught Milan Savic has flooded Liz Fulton's neighbours, local shops and even a pizza takeaway with letters describing their strange relationship.

The translator from Serbia Montenegro, claims he met his 'soulmate' who is head of chemistry at Renfrew High School on an internet dating site.

But he says Mrs Fulton, 43, the wife of a squaddie, told him a pack of lies, then kept him prisoner in her house in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, after inviting him to visit her before dumping him for another man she met on the web.

He said he sent the notes because he was confused about their relationship.

Last night he said: 'The last I heard she was in Cyprus with another man she had met on an internet dating site.

'I think her family should know these things. I don't think she understands the hurt she has caused.'

In his notes, Savic claims Mrs Fulton told him she had almost died in a car crash, survived a coma, battled a brain tumour, had a lump removed from her breast and was pushed by her mum into the grave of her non-existent twin sister.

Savic claims they met on the internet 18 months ago. They exchanged pictures and he thought they were falling in love.

But after a series of bizarre claims, he broke off the relationship.

Within days, he received an email saying she had been killed in a car crash. In a second call, she told him she was alive but doctors had found a brain tumour which would involve a life-threatening operation.

Milan said: 'She told me she wanted to spend two weeks with me before she went under the knife.

'She arrived in Belgrade and brought a crutch in a huge suitcase even though she did not have a limp. She looked nothing like her pictures. She weighed at least double.

'She was drinking a bottle of wine a day and crying if I asked about her coma or her brain tumour. After the two weeks were up I was a shadow of myself.'

But Savic said he believed he had found his soulmate and agreed to travel to Scotland. But when he arrived he was banned from leaving her house.

He said: 'It was scary. I did not speak to a single family member, friend or neighbour. She told me to keep away from windows and to be quick getting from her car into the house. I was an unwanted secret in her life.'

Last night Mrs Fulton, the wife of ex-Kings Own Scottish Borderers lance corporal John, admitted she knew Savic but refused to discuss their friendship.

She said: 'He is a nut job. He has sent letters to the entire street, just ask any of the neighbours or you could try the post office or the pizza takeaway.

'The man is a lunatic and it is in the hands of my lawyers.'

Her husband John, 43, who is serving in Northern Ireland, declined to comment on the claims.

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 13, 2004
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