Welsh man admits bigamy

Family Law|February 1st 2016

A man has pleaded guilty to bigamy in a Welsh court following his second marriage.

The man, from Cresselly in Pembrokeshire, separated from his first wife in 2010 and launched divorce proceedings the following year. He claimed that he had filed for divorce online and assumed it had gone through.

The husband paid around £600 for the online service, yet despite his belief that the divorce had been completed he was never granted decree absolute.

At Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Monday, the prosecutor said that the man’s first wife learned of his second marriage when she was “informed by a friend that she had seen pictures of the wedding of the defendant and [his second wife]”.

The man told his second wife that he had been married before, but had divorced two years ago, the prosecutor told the court.

The husband’s second wedding was “quite a large function” which “he was not secretive about”, his lawyer claimed. He added that the man had “presented the paperwork to the vicar who married them” without any issues raised.

The vicar “should have paid more attention to the paperwork”, the lawyer continued, “because clearly the decree absolute had not been granted”.

After he pleaded guilty to bigamy, the husband was ordered to pay a £400 fine and an additional £400 in costs.

Last year a 36 year-old man was sentenced to prison for bigamy after his second marriage was discovered on Facebook.

Photo by Andrew Bird via Flickr

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