Sunday 22 April 2018

Woman cancels brother's wedding without his knowledge because she did not like bride-to-be

Ann Duffy made the call 20 days before the wedding ceremony
Ann Duffy made the call 20 days before the wedding ceremony

Sister cancelled the wedding just 20 days before the big day and told her brother "I have saved you on the divorce"

A woman cancelled her brother's wedding without his knowledge because she didn't like his bride-to-be.

Ann Duffy impersonated her now sister-in-law in a telephone call to Plymouth Registry Office and told them she wanted to cancel the wedding, a court heard.

The 50 year old made the call on November 5th last year – just 20 days before the wedding ceremony.

Plymouth Magistrates' Court heard that on the same day she cancelled the wedding she rang her brother to tell him.


She told him:"You had better put this on speakerphone, I have saved you on the divorce.


"I have cancelled your wedding. Would you like me to send you the confirmation email?"


The prosecution said her brother's fiancée called the police to say that Duffy had impersonated her and called off her wedding.


Prosecutor Will Walden said there was some tension between the two women over the care of Duffy's mother.


Duffy, from Plymouth, Devon, admitted harassment and will be sentenced next month after a pre sentence report is prepared.


Mr Walden said:"One offence doesn't really constitute a charge of harassment. There were other incidents that had been reported to the police which is why the charge was brought."


In police interview Duffy said she was trying to protect her brother from a marriage to someone she disliked and who she believed was taking her mother away after she moved in with the newly-weds.


Duffy said she only wanted to cause her sister-in-law distress but not her brother.


Roger Page, defending, said:"What we have here is somebody that has pleaded guilty to harassment without violence. The defendant still takes the view that her brother is not suited to his wife.


"In desperation to avoid her brother from making what she regarded as a disastrous move she cancelled the wedding."


He said because she called the pair and told them what she had done, they were able to rebook their wedding the next day.

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