Bigamist exposed after posting Facebook pictures of his second wedding
A bigamist was unmasked by his first wife after she discovered photographs of his second wedding on Facebook, a court heard.
Anne-Marie Sim hired investigators to track down husband Brian Frain, 36, after they had separated, because she wanted a divorce so she could re-marry.
More than 10 years on from their wedding in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, she saw wedding pictures of his marriage to Louise Meredith, which took place in the same register office where they had tied the knot.
David Curtis, prosecuting at Tameside magistrates’ court, said: “Due to the amount of time that had passed, Mr Frain assumed that he was no longer married to her. He did not inform the registry office and took no legal advice.”
Frain, from Cleethorpes, south Humberside, pleaded guilty to a single count of bigamy as the case was adjourned for sentence.
The court was told how Frain married Miss Sim after a two-month “whirlwind romance” in June 1999 before they separated.
Frain then met his second wife Miss Meredith, from Droylsden, Greater Manchester, in June 2007.
In a statement written by Louise, read out to the court, she said: "Although I had been married before, I was under the impression that this was Brian's first marriage.
“The wedding went well. I truly believed that I was his first wife. This has obviously affected me.”
They are no longer together, the court was told.
Rachel Wilson, defending, said Frain claims his second wife knew that he was married.
District judge Richardson ruled that a short trial would be held on August 7 to settle the point.
Ms Wilson said: "He fully complied with the police. Ten years later he meets the second wife.
“He believes that at that stage, his marriage no longer existed because of the fact that it was only for two months and it was 10 years ago. He accepts that he was ignorant."
District judge Paul Richardson told Frain: "It makes a difference whether or not you deceived this lady.
“Your statements are opposite and we are going to have a trial of the issue."
Frain was bailed to appear again in court on August 7.