Two convicted murderers are set to wed in prison on Monday, in what is believed to the first gay wedding in a British jail.
Mikhail Gallatinov, 40, and Marc Goodwin, 31, posted a notice of marriage at Beverley registrar’s office in East Riding, The Mirror reports. They described their occupation as bar staff.
The notice said the wedding will take place at ‘Sutton View, Moor Lane, Full Sutton’, but did not state that it is a prison.
Gallatinov was convicted of murdering Adrian Kaminsky, 28, in Manchester in 1997. Gallatinov, who was also a convicted child-sex offender, met Mr Kaminsky in gay chat room.
He was being monitored by the police at the time as part of an undercover investigation, who were sat outside of his property at the time of the attack.
Manchester Crown Court heard he had told an undercover officer posing as a as a paedophile that he planned to kill someone before the murder.
Officers found Mr Kaminsky’s body in the boot of his car when he was pulled over at a service station. He was sentenced to a minimum 20 years in prison.
Goodwin was jailed for life in 2007 for the homophobic murder of 57-year-old Malcolm Benfold in Blackpool. He was told he must serve a minimum of 18 years before he is considered for parole. His victim was killed by multiple blows from either feet or fists.
A Ministry of Justice (MoJ) spokeswoman refused to comment on the reported nuptials. A MoJ spokeswoman said: "Prisoners are entitled to apply to be married in prison under the Marriages Act 1983.
"This would take place at no cost to the taxpayer and there is no possibility that they would share a cell."
A spokesperson could not confirm reports that it would be the first same-sex marriage in prison to The Independent.
Additional reporting by PAReuse content