A Ukrainian refugee who ran off with her UK sponsor while staying with his family has denied being a ‘homewrecker.’
Sofiia Karkadym, 22, fled Lviv and moved in with Tony Garnett, 29, his wife Lorna, and their two children in Bradford at the start of May to escape the war in her country. But Mr. Garnett quickly fell for her and left his wife for her after ten days, moving with her into his parents’ home.
The family had taken Sofiia in an effort to do their bit to help Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion, with Tony telling The Sun he ‘wanted to do the right thing’ and that she was the first person to get in touch on a Facebook page where he offered to house a refugee.
Now, Mr. Garnett said he has fallen in love with Miss Karkadym and wants to spend the rest of his life with her.
Miss Karkadym insisted that she is not to blame for the breakdown of her sponsors’ relationship.
She told The Sun: ‘That never crossed my mind. I liked the family. I spent a lot of time with Lorna and I tried to help her. But she was two-faced.
‘Her constant suspicions, the tension, it just pushed me and Tony closer together.
‘She created this situation by constantly suggesting something was going on when it wasn’t. So this is her fault.’
Yesterday, jilted mother Lorna Garnett shared her anger after she let the Ukrainian woman into her home.
Mrs. Garnett says she was left heartbroken after her husband decided to leave her for their guest.
Speaking to the Sun on Sunday, Mrs. Garnett said she believes Miss Karkadym ‘set her sights on Anthony from the start, decided she wanted him and she took him’.
She added: ‘She didn’t care about the devastation that was left behind. Everything I knew has been turned on its head in the space of two weeks.’
Mrs. Garnett told the newspaper she had reservations about the scheme but felt it was the right thing to do after seeing the ‘terrifying’ situation in Ukraine on the news.
She said: ‘I decided it was the right thing to do to put a roof over someone’s head and help them when they were in desperate need.
And this is how Sofiia has repaid me for giving her a home.’