A 55-year-old woman, Yvonne Gibney, was distraught when she discovered via Facebook that her husband of 17 years, Maurice, was secretly married to another woman and had spent a whopping £45,000 pounds on the lavish wedding, thereby committing bigamy, a situation that is seen as a serious crime in the United Kingdom.
Wife Discovers On Facebook Husband Of 17 Years Was Married To Another Woman
It only took a post on Facebook for a wife to realise that her husband of 17 years had gotten married to another woman.
Yvonne was shocked after she saw her husband and another woman kissing on their wedding day and putting up the photo on the social media.
According to Mirror.co.uk, Yvonne Gibney had been married to globe-trotting oil contractor, Maurice Gibney, for the best part of two decades, but it was only when she checked Facebook and saw photographs of Mr Gibney, 49, dressed in a wedding suit and cuddling teacher, Suzanne Prudhoe, that she learned that her husband - and father to her son - had married another woman.
The mother of two soon discovered that her husband had not only married again during an expensive ceremony surrounded by palm trees in Oman - but that he had actually tied the knot 11 months earlier.
She learned that his family who were told that they were divorced, had also attended the wedding held at the British Embassy in the Arab state, and that her mother-in-law had walked her husband down the aisle.
She then hunted around for more information about the lavish ceremony, before going to police with evidence of his bigamous marriage.
The father of three, who lives and works as a senior contractor for Oman Oil, pleaded guilty to bigamy at Wirral Magistrates' Court and was handed a six-month prison sentence suspended for two years.
In an emotional statement read out in court, Mrs Gibney revealed that in the run-up to the bigamous wedding, her husband had even cheated on her at Christmas when she had flown out to see him in Oman.
He falsely claimed he had to go away 'on business' - but instead he flew back to the the UK to be with Miss Prudhoe.
Mrs Gibney said:
I loved him unconditionally and believed that love was reciprocated. I simply don't have the words to effectively convey the pain and hurt and sense of betrayal. I have to accept that my husband was unfaithful emotionally and physically for a prolonged period of time.
Earlier, Mrs Gibney told the court she had met her husband when she was deployed to Nigeria almost two decades ago.
But unbeknown to her, over the years Gibney had spun a web of lies claiming that he had divorced her, telling his family and Miss Prudhoe they had kept the split secret for the sake of their children.
He also had claimed Mrs Gibney was 'crazy' and had urged his family not to have any contact with them.
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