A mother-of-six was fined €100 at Limerick Circuit Court after she admitted marrying a man while still wed to her first husband.
Ivita Visnevska, originally from Latvia but with an address at Berberis Court, Ilford, London, yesterday pleaded guilty to one count of bigamy and to one count of knowingly providing false information on a marriage certificate application form.
The court heard the marriage registry office in St Camillus Hospital, Limerick, discovered they had serviced the false marriage five years after the ceremony, when they were contacted by authorities in Latvia.
On August 22, 2005, at St Camillus Hospital registry office, Visnevska (34) married fellow Latvian Alexandrs Limanovics, with whom she has two teenage daughters. The "relationship ended" in October 2008, the court heard.
A year later, on October 16, 2009, and while still married to her Latvian husband, Visnevska wed Pakistani man Mirza Azam Baig, with whom she has two sons.
Mr Baig had no knowledge that Ms Visnevska was married at the time, the court heard.
Latvian authorities contacted the Limerick registry office in 2014, telling them that the marriage between Visnevska and Mr Baig was not legal.
The court heard Visnevska is currently in a relationship with a third man, with whom she has two young children, and is due to give birth to her seventh child next May.
"She has converted to Islam and changed her name to Esala Kana," said John O'Sullivan, prosecuting.
On July 13, 2009, Visnevska and Mr Baig gave notice to the Limerick marriage registry office of their intention to wed.
Visnevska signed a declaration form, recording her marital status as "single", despite still being married to Mr Limanovics. She signed three separate forms indicating there was no legal impediment to marrying Mr Baig.
In 2014, gardai, through liaisons with Interpol, located Visnevska in London and detectives interviewed her at a police station in Stratford.
Mr O'Sullivan said Visnevska initially told gardai she wired €800 from a Western Union outlet in Limerick to a Latvian legal adviser in order to arrange to have her first marriage annulled.
Det Gda Oliver Foley told the court that gardai found no record of any transaction. He agreed that Visnevska had claimed she believed her first marriage was annulled when she wed Mr Baig, but she "could not produce any documents" to show this.
Gardai could not find any clear motive for the offences.
Det Gda Foley agreed with Visnevska's defence barrister, Brian McInerney, that she was not involved in "sham marriages" nor "marriages for sale".
"It's very, unusual," said Judge Tom O'Donnell. "It's clear what this lady did was wrong and she knew it was wrong, and she knew it was a lie - full stop."
The judge took into account the bigamy offence, and fined Visnevska €100 for providing false information on a marriage certificate.