Tradie admits marrying woman while still wedded to his first wife – and when his new partner found out she was FURIOUS
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A tradie has admitted being married to two women at the same time in a rare case of bigamy.
Gary Henry White, from Perth, was fined $3,000 after admitting he was still legally wed to his first wife when he married a second woman.
Perth Magistrates Court heard that White, 48, married his first wife in Canada in 2015 and that they separated three years later, the ABC reported.
Gary Henry White, from Perth, was fined $3,000 after admitting he was still legally wed to his first wife when he married a second woman
In 2020, White – who is listed online as a photographer but who previously attended court in hi-vis work clothes – married his second wife in Broome but did not tell his new bride about his previous marriage.
White also signed official paperwork declaring he had never been married before.
WHAT COPS ALLEGED
2015: White marries his first wife in Canada
July 2020: White marries his second wife
September 2021: White finalises divorce from his first wife
September 2022: White separates from his second wife
November 2022: White allegedly marries a third woman.
White’s lawyer, former attorney-general Christian Porter, said his client was remorseful and said there was a ‘significant gap in time’ between the two marriages.
Mr Porter added that White had not cheated on his first wife when he got together with the second, as they had separated by that time.
He said the revelations had a ‘a very destructive impact’ on his relationship with his new partner.
‘It has had an effect on him of considerable detriment on his professional and personal life,’ Mr Porter said.
When White was charged, the Australian Federal Police alleged that he had got married a third time in November 2022 but that no bigamy had taken place in relation to her.
Magistrate Catherine Crawford said White’s actions ‘would have had a significant impact on the emotional and psychological wellbeing of the women’.
She fined White $3,000 and ordered him to pay $137 in costs.
White also signed official paperwork declaring he had never been married before