Bigamy Is A Crime

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Some interesting cases…

Jailed bigamist: I’m sorry for the hurt I’ve caused, from the Manchester Evening News

Brian Frain, who was unmasked after first wife Anne-Marie Sim discovered photos of his re-marriage on Facebook, said he will finally get divorced from her.

Frain, 36, was handed a three month sentence at Minshull Street Crown Court. The court heard how he told police he assumed he was no longer married to his first wife because they had been separated for 10 years.

He had married Anne-Marie at Tameside Register Office in June 1999 after a two-month ‘whirlwind romance’, the court was told.

They separated only two months later and had no contact for five years.

Anne-Marie, who moved to Scotland, then tried to contact Frain for a divorce so she could marry her new partner.

She contacted solicitors and hired a firm to track him down, but with no success.

Eventually, she turned detective and hunted him down through Facebook – where she saw the wedding pictures of his marriage in September 2009 to Louise Meredith at the same register office.

Unexpected end to man’s dual bigamy at sickbed, from Gulf Daily News

LONDON: Some people bring flowers, others bring balloons. When Melvyn Reed’s three wives showed up to visit him at the hospital, they brought an unexpected end to his years as a double bigamist.

British police confirmed yesterday that after Melvyn Reed woke from his triple bypass heart operation earlier this year, his complicated marital affairs took a turn for the worse. All three of his spouses had turned up at the same time, despite his efforts to stagger their visits.

Media reports say that, upon realising that something was amiss, the wives held a meeting in the parking lot, and learned they were all married to the same man.

The 59-year-old company director from Kettering in central England turned himself in on May 12, telling police he was married to three women at the same time, and confessing to bigamy, an illegal offence in Britain, London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed that Reed had turned himself in and confessed to police in Wimbledon, south London, in the presence of his lawyer.

He pleaded guilty on July 19 to two charges of bigamy at the Wimbledon Magistrates’ court, and was given a four-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay £70 in costs, police said.

The Metropolitan Police said Reed married his first wife, Jean Grafton, in 1966, then left her without divorcing her.

He went on to marry Denise Harrington in 1998, then married Lyndsey Hutchinson in 2003. British media have widely reported that Reed recently moved back in with his first wife, Grafton. They say she is the mother of his three grown children.

Bigamist thought she was divorced, from the Stokes Sentinel

BIGAMIST Makala Robinson married a man at Stoke-on-Trent Register Office while still married to her first husband. […]  Offences of perjury and bigamy normally result in immediate imprisonment.

Most interesting….

Woman sentenced over bigamous same-sex partnership, from The Guardian


A mother of five who admitted entering into a civil partnership with another woman while still married was today given a suspended prison sentence.Suzanne Mitchell is believed to be the first person convicted of this form of bigamy since same-sex unions were introduced in December 2005.

Sentencing Mitchell to a suspended eight-month prison term and 100 hours of community service, the judge, Robin Onions, rejected the 30-year-old’s claims that she had not realised she was breaking the law.

“I reject utterly your claim that you thought you were taking part in some kind of blessing of your friendship,” he told Shrewsbury crown court in Shropshire.

“You knew exactly what you were doing, and you have not expressed a trace of remorse for what you have done.”

Mitchell, from Ditherington in Shrewsbury, had lied to her civil partner, Caroline Beddows, in what was “an offence of cruelty and deception”, the judge said.

Yep, bigamy is a crime, and it WILL have consequences.

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11 Responses to Bigamy Is A Crime

  1. Lesboi says:

    Personally, I’m not opposed to honest polygamists and think the govt should allow them to legally marry as long as it’s all in the open and consentual. However, I really wonder how genuinely “sorry” these dishonest bigamists are for hurting their unsuspecting families. They’re sorry they got caught but not for doing it.


  2. DogDharma says:

    I dunno, Lesboi. I might have to think on this and maybe write a post about it. On the one hand, I’m a firm believer that what consenting adults do in their private lives is their own business. But there have been too many cases of women and children being abused and coerced with polygamy by religious cult-like leaders.

    Where non-polygamous marriage is concerned, I’m very much a traditionalist. If one takes vows, whether religious or civil or privately, one ought to uphold those vows. If part of those vows is “exclusivity,” then it’s part of the sacred trust. One ought not carry on affairs while in an exclusive, committed relationship, let alone, do the crime of bigamy.

    If a marriage / relationship isn’t working, then have the decency to put the marriage in order and bring it to closure BEFORE moving on to the next victi…, er, partner. Especially, don’t deceive people as to your intentions and your circumstances.

    But I know you know there is my own back-story to this post…


    • Lesboi says:

      I agree completely with everything you said. I would never condone a coerced marriage in any capacity. I personally do not desire a polygamist lifestyle but I think some people do desire it and it shouldn’t be illegal. That’s just my opinion and I know there is a lot of people who would disagree with me. And yes,I do know your back story here.


  3. DogDharma says:

    Agreed, 100%. Being TOTALLY facetious, but polygamy isn’t so bad as long as it’s consensual and agreed-upon by adults. What guy wouldn’t want to have multiple wives? 🙂 [Wait a minute, did that come out my keyboard — ONE wife is more than enough to handle!] It’s *polyandry* I couldn’t tolerate. Not gonna share MY wife, nuh-uh. [No, wait, did THAT come out of my keyboard? A little help from time to time *might* be a good thing….]

    Good grief, my keyboard needs some kind of chastity belt!!! 🙂


    • Lesboi says:

      Seriously, one wife is more than I can handle most days. I don’t know why anyone wants more. Plus the living a dual our triple life would be way more stress than I need.


      • DogDharma says:

        I know and I understand. Peace for the journey, I wish you. My keyboard insists on asking if you meant “dual” or “duel”? Sometimes, there is nothing you can do but laugh.


      • Lesboi says:

        Lol my keyboard seems to be acting strange too. I meant dual…as in two wives. Dueling wives would be much more than I can handle.


  4. DogDharma says:

    I am carefully hiding all swords, knives, pitchforks, scissors, objects that use bullets, and anything else that might be used in a duel of any kind. Sending fluffy clouds, rainbows, daisies, Unicorns, and leprechauns. 🙂


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