'I would marry bigamist'

A SERIAL bigamist's latest beau today said he would not rule out marrying the Ipswich woman who wed four times but failed to divorce three husbands.As reported in later editions of yesterday's Evening Star, Judge Peter Thompson at Ipswich Crown Court jailed Amileannya Carmichael for six months after she admitted bigamy.

A SERIAL bigamist's latest beau today said he would not rule out marrying the Ipswich woman who wed four times but failed to divorce three husbands.

As reported in later editions of yesterday's Evening Star, Judge Peter Thompson at Ipswich Crown Court jailed Amileannya Carmichael for six months after she admitted bigamy.

Despite the judge telling the 25-year-old "You might be described as a very predatory female" Carmichael's current boyfriend Ross Beach said the couple were still in love.

Mr Beach, who lives with Carmichael in Hervey Street, Ipswich, said: "She wrote me a note after she was sentenced and it was passed to me by her solicitor. She just said that she loved me and made some other private remarks.


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"Amileannya has told me all about her marriages. She realises she has had a lot of problems in the past. She has had depression and social problems."

"We might consider marriage at some point once everything is sorted out. In

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the simplest terms, we love each other.

"I think the judge was overly harsh. She knew she had done wrong and needed to be punished, but I don't think a prison sentence will help her. At the end of the day she is a loving and caring person who made some mistakes when she was younger.

"She has been trying for the last two years to get her life straight and I think this judge has made things worse. The jail sentence came out of the blue and it has probably financially ruined both of us."

Charles Riddleston, mitigating for Carmichael yesterday, told the court his client had an abusive childhood and said she was "attempting to compensate for feeling of being unloved and unwanted by her parents."

An earlier court hearing heard how Carmichael told police she felt under pressure to marry James Matthews, of Wallace Road, Ipswich, because she did not want to be homeless having arrived in a strange town.

Train guard Mr Matthews, 34, refused to comment about his short-lived marriage.

The reverend Father Paul Bourner, the vicar who conducted their wedding at St Thomas the Apostle Church in Ipswich, described Mr Matthews as "certainly a Christian boy."

He said: "I have no comment to make. It is far too sad. We have just got to

be conscious of all those who have been hurt and betrayed."

Each time she married Carmichael used a different name.

She was Emily Horne for her first wedding to soldier Paul Rigby in York in 1996 on the day after her 18th birthday. Then she married Sean Cunningham in Leeds in 1999 while using the name Emily Lecont.

In December 2000, calling herself Emily Horne, she wed Chris Barratt. The marriage also took place at the same Leeds register officer where she got hitched to Mr Cunningham.

Finally she married Mr Matthews in March 2002. Three months later the couple split up.

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