Essex man admits bigamy

Marriage|April 29th 2016

An Essex man has admitted to bigamy after his wife discovered he was married to someone else.

The man’s wife had become suspicious that her husband was still married shortly after their wedding in September. She hired a private investigator who found out that her husband had been married for 11 years before the couple’s relationship began.

Following this discovery, the second wife contacted the police and they began an official investigation. Her 48 year-old husband was soon arrested on bigamy charges. He admitted that he should have divorced his first wife before he remarried.

A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service said that while they knew that the man’s relationship with his first wife had broken down “it’s not clear if he was carrying out a relationship with both women at the same time”.

Under English law, a marriage is considered ‘void’ if one of the parties has been married previously without obtaining a divorce or an annulment.

Additionally, people found guilty of bigamy can face up to seven years in prison, receive a fine or sometimes both. In this case, the husband was sentenced to a four month prison sentence which was suspended for 12 months. In addition, he was ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work in the community, pay £160 in various fees.

There were 31 reports of bigamy across the country in 2011-12, according to the latest government figures. This was a noticeable drop from the 44 reports made in 2010-11.

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  1. Nemo Momenti says:

    It seems he can avoid this problem by joining a certain religion…

  2. Presley says:

    Although the reported numbers of culprits may not be large, it’s amazing how you can pretty well get away with bigamy nowadays, isn’t it??

    I just wish I could have used the law to get my “ex” – since, while I strongly suspected her of bigamy, I was assured by my lawyer that it simply wasn’t worth following-up on.

    So it’s not so much that, “She should have divorced her first husband (in her own country) before she married me,” which is interesting (and obvious) but that, “Under English law, a marriage is considered ‘void’ if one of the parties has been married previously without obtaining a divorce or an annulment.”

    To me, and perhaps to quite a few other men in similar positions (ie. married to foreign women, where their land of origin is known to be “relaxed” about keeping records) that is something!

    Because, surely, if my marriage IS provably void — then surely a court can’t legally award her ANY settlement from me, can they? On the face of it, that certainly SHOULD apply — otherwise what’s the point of having a LAW against bigamy anyway??! Without such a (largely disregarded) law, people don’t even have to BOTHER to go through all the hassles, all the stress, and all the time-wasting — and most of all the EXPENSE — just to get a DIVORCE, do they?

    So why don’t we all just put two fingers up to the government of the land — and just marry whoever we want, for as long — or as short — as we want, regardless?? If you really don’t have to divorce, why bother? All you are risking is a few months suspended prison sentence, a small fine — and a couple of weeks helping out on the corporation dustcart! Unless of course you’re like my ex-wife, who, being a “foreigner” now safely back in her own country, obviously doesn’t have to do anything at all….

    And so doesn’t give a damn…..

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