[Paleopsych] Candian Press: British bigamist undone as 3 wives attend his sickbed; gets suspended sentence
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British bigamist undone as 3 wives attend his sickbed; gets suspended sentence
Thursday, August 11, 2005
LONDON (AP) - Some people bring flowers, others bring balloons. But
when Melvyn Reed's three wives showed up to visit him in hospital they
brought an unexpected end to his years as a bigamist.
British police confirmed Thursday that after Melvyn Reed woke from his
triple bypass heart operation earlier this year, his complicated
marital affairs took a turn for a worse. All three of his spouses had
turned up at the same time, despite his efforts to stagger their
Upon realizing that something was amiss, the wives held a meeting in
the parking lot and learned they were all married to the same man, the
British news media reported.
The 59-year-old company director from Kettering, in central England,
turned himself in on May 12.
A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service said Reed pleaded
guilty July 19 to two charges of bigamy at Wimbledon Magistrates'
Court in south London, and was given a four-month suspended sentence
and ordered to pay 70 pounds (about $150 Cdn) in costs, police said.
Reed, his three wives and Reed's lawyer, Laurence Grant, could not
immediately be reached for comment.
The London Metropolitan Police said Reed married his first wife, Jean
Grafton, in 1966, then left her without divorcing her. He went on to
marry Denise Harrington in 1998, then married Lyndsey Hutchinson in
The British media have widely reported that Reed recently moved back
in with his first wife. They say she is the mother of his three grown
London's police said Harrington and Hutchinson had sought advice on
getting their marriages annulled. But news reports say lawyers have
advised the women that their marriages were never valid.
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