She said that chatting to men online made her feel good about herself."She got frustrated by my disapproval, so I dropped the subject.
I just begged her to meet these dates in busy places."But Sharon began inviting strange men back to her house for dates and eventually met Hawke, who moved in immediately.
Just three days later, on July 13, 2014, police found her dead in her flat in Liverpool.And now Stephan, from Wirral, Merseyside, is determined that his sister's death will not in vain.He is appealing for women in violent relationships to seek help, and be cautious when online dating.The 44-year-old said: "Sharon was the kindest, most loving sister.All she wanted to do was find her soulmate."She wore her heart on her sleeve."She was kind and caring – a lovely woman."Sharon started looking on internet dating sites in 2013, when she was off work with depression.
And Stephen, who is a father-of-seven, feared that men were taking advantage of his susceptible younger sister.
He said: "I used to check up on her all the time, I was incredibly protective."One day when I was taking her over some shopping, I noticed she was looking brighter, and she told me she'd met someone online."She showed me their messages to one another and I was horrified.
They were very sexual and he'd even sent her pictures of his privates."I feared he was just after one thing, and told her as much.
Speaking for the first time since his sister Sharon Winters was murdered by online lover Kevin Hawke, Stephen urges women to be wary of meeting men on the internet."She was a lonely heart just wanting love," Stephen said of his sister.
"That animal preyed on her caring nature."I still can't believe someone would want to hurt my poor, defenceless sister in such a horrific manner," he added.
He told how his sibling suffered more than 90 injuries, including being stabbed in the liver, spleen, lungs and heart with a four-and-a-half inch knife.