'Wicked' bigamist jailed

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A MAN who was married to three women at the same time was jailed for eight months yesterday for bigamy.

Michael Thomas, 44, of Ledbury in Hereford and Worcester, told two of his brides-to-be that he was either divorced or widowed before going through a church wedding and a register office ceremony.

The farm labourer went on to father children in the bigamous relationships, Reading Crown Court was told. For a period of 14 months in 1987-88, he had three wives at one time. Assistant Recorder Humphrey Malins, said: 'As a deterrent to others I must mark your wicked conduct with a custodial sentence. The public would expect nothing else.'

He sentenced Thomas to four months for each of the bigamy charges, to run consecutively. He told him: 'You have shown a complete disregard for the rights of the children you have fathered and an appalling lack of morality and decency.'