Yvonne Gibney and her husband Maurice Gibney had been married for 17 years.
But that’s exactly what she found: photos of her 48-year-old husband in a wedding suit, kissing a woman in a white dress– in an extravagant celebration that reportedly cost the equivalent of about $82,000, according to the Daily Mail.
His new “wife” was Suzanne Prudhoe, a blonde teacher whose Facebook profile says she lives in Oman — the Arab country in which the bigamous wedding took place.
Yvonne Gibney learned more about the wedding by phoning the British Embassy in Oman and pretending she was interested in booking an event there, Express.co.uk reports. She soon learned the event had been held in March 2013 — meaning her husband had been “married” to Ms Prudhoe for 11 months.
A shocked Mrs Gibney went to police with evidence of the nuptials — then took him to court in the UK.
According to The Mirror, it was revealed in court that Mr Gibney, a 48-year-old globe-trotting Oman Oil contractor, had cheated on his wife at Christmas in 2011, claiming he had to go away “on business” — when really, he was seeing Ms Prudhoe.
Express.co.uk reports that Mrs Gibney said in court: “He said it was due to pressures of work. The reality was to conceal the relationship and holiday with her….
“The following year he claimed he would spend Christmas with his family but pulled out citing depression.