A bigamist wife was caught after her confused husband saw pictures of her second wedding day she posted on Facebook.
The lady identified as 35 year old Lisa Everard, desperately claimed the pictures were of her as a friend’s bridesmaid when first husband Elliott saw the snaps of her walking down the aisle in a white wedding dress.
But suspicious Mr Everard checked the marriage records at the register officer and discovered she had illegally married secret lover Michael Hughes.
After the deceit was exposed, the mum-of-four left their large country home near Chepstow, Gwent, and moved in with Mr Hughes in a terraced former council house,Daily Record reports.
Prosecuting Mark Battrick told Cardiff Crown Court:
“Mr Everard was devastated. He was distraught at what he had seen “He described feeling numb and said his world had turned upside down.”
The court heard the salesman lost a stone in weight after discovering his wife’s second wedding in July this year. Mrs Everard pleaded guilty to one count of bigamy but was spared a period behind bars after a judge ruled it was not in the public interest to impose an immediate custodial sentence.
The judge said the impact on Mr Everard was not just emotional but financial as he was providing for their two children by himself. Lisa also has two children from a previous marriage.
Judge Philip Harris-Jenkins said:
“You should have bore all of that in mind before you acted in the selfish way that you did.”This was not an act of naivety. This was a deception.”
The Everard couple wed in Gretna Green four years ago.
After the hearing Mr Everard’s father, John, 67, said:
“It’s such a sensitive issue for Elliott and for us as a family.
“Their children are usually here with us and it’s been very hard on my son but we are helping him through it.
“Lisa’s third and latest marriage is now legally void. So she and Elliott will have to divorce if she wants to do it properly.”
After walking free, Lisa Everard said:
“I have been through enough now.
“This has been unbelievable stressful and tough on me and my kids.
“I have been punished enough without this going public and everyone knowing my private business. I just want to move forward.”
Mrs Everard was handed rehabilitation requirement and she will have to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.