Aug 11, 2020 News Comments Off on Trial begins for Soesdyke man charged for bigamy
Three months after he was charged for bigamy, the trial for Michael Taylor has commenced in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
On his first appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, Taylor denied the allegation which stated that he married another woman, while still being married. The charges were filed under the Section 83(1) of Criminal Law (Offences) Act, which stipulates, “Everyone, who being married, marries any other person during the life of the former husband or wife, whether the marriage takes place in Guyana or elsewhere, shall be guilty of a felony and liable to a term of imprisonment for seven years.”
Several witnesses have already testified against Taylor 38, an airport ramp attendant of Lot 1 Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara. He is currently out on $50,000 bail and is expected to make his next court appearance on August 20, 2020.
Taylor’s attorney previously told the court that her client is a law-abiding citizen, and a father of two, who had no knowledge of the crime. The court heard that Taylor was unaware that he is still married to his first wife due to the fact that she promised to divorce him before he moved out their marital home sometime ago. However, the lawyer admitted that there is no record before the court to show the couple had ever filed for a divorce.
The charges were filed after Taylor’s first wife, found out about his wedding last February and she notified the General Registrar’s Office (GRO).
After the hearing, she told Kaieteur News that she reported her husband to the authorities after she found out that he had remarried without divorcing her. She claimed to have married Taylor in 2015. The couple has two children and reportedly lived together five years before they split.
The woman claimed that her husband moved out of their Timehri, East Bank Demerara home last November and went to live with his girlfriend at Soesdyke. The couple reportedly separated after the wife confronted her husband about his infidelity.
However, the wife found out about her husband’s second marriage from a mutual friend, months after he moved out. According to the woman, “De person call me and say you deh home and your husband have big wedding going on.”
Naturally shocked at the news, the woman said that she started to investigate the claims.
“I went all over to find out and if there is anything I could do,” she told this paper, “Then a lawyer advised me to go to GPO to the Registrar’s Office and find out if they were married legally.”
As instructed, the wife visited the registrar’s office and presented her marriage certificate. She said that soon after, officials at the GRO uncovered another marriage certificate in the name of her husband and his new wife. According to the woman, the second marriage was registered in January 2020.
She said that she learnt from the Head of the GRO that a crime had been committed and that the matter would be forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Guyana Police Force. She said that she was later contacted by the department to give a statement, which she did. Subsequently, her husband was charged with bigamy and placed before the court.
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