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He had also married a local girl - and had two children.
Francesco remained unaware of the gathering storm surrounding his marriage, but Stephen's wife, Doreen, became suspicious, once phoning Susan - having found her number by intercepting their emails - to tell her to back off.
Susan and Steve had known almost immediately after they got back in touch that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.
It would all work itself out, she reassured herself. It was July 6, 2006, and although everything about Susan's new life felt right - little did she know, that for the past few days, her estranged husband Francesco had been driving a rented van across Europe towards the UK, and Devon.
Stephen had been Susan's first boyfriend, when she was 14 and he was 16.
But just before Steve joined the RAF, and while Susan was still at school, the relationship had finished and they had lost touch.In the beginning, everything about having an Italian boyfriend had thrilled Susan.