Peruvian wife accuses husband of bigamy
April 25, 2017 1 comment
A Peruvian woman has accused her British husband of marrying someone else behind her back.
The woman married her husband in Peru after meeting him during a trip to the UK. Shortly afterwards she successfully applied for a spousal visa and moved here permanently. The couple had a son together but their relationship soon broke down and the husband moved out in late 2010, just four years after they married.
Although the husband initially stayed in touch with his son he suddenly stop doing so in 2011, the mother claimed. She wanted a divorce but was unable to get in touch with him to do so. She tried sending messages to members of his family and even hiring a private investigator but each attempt to track him down was unsuccessful until she found him on Facebook.
The wife found evidence on the social networking site that the man had a new partner. She sent a message to the woman in question to tell her she wanted a divorce and asking the man to contact his son but she received no response and was blocked. She began to suspect that he had married the second woman.
In 2014 she applied to the General Register Office, which holds records of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships, for confirmation of her suspicions. The office provided her with a copy of a marriage licence for her husband and the other woman. Her solicitor advised her to go to the Police so she did so in late December of that year.
At a court in Hull, the Crown barrister explained that the man had “denied he was ever properly married” to his Peruvian wife when he was interviewed by the Police and insisted that he was not guilty of bigamy.
The barrister continued:
“He lied. He had been through a form of marriage in Peru in December 2006 … He may have lied because he did not want [his second wife] to know about his previous marriage.”
The man’s first marriage was valid, the prosecution argued, as the couple had used it to secure a spousal visa for the wife so she could move to the UK from her home in Peru.
Judge Jeremy Richardson said this was “in many respects an unusual case” and implored the jury to disregard any media coverage it receives when coming to a decision on the man’s guilt or innocence for the crime of bigamy.
The trial continues, although Judge Richardson predicted it “will not be a long case [and] will last a week”.
Photo by Andrew Malone via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.
April 25, 2017