A Maltese father claiming to have succumbed to pressure from a woman who insisted on marrying him while still married to another man has had his marriage annulled.
The man was in his mid-fifties when he first met the Filipino, 30 years his junior, on social media.
A virtual relationship developed as the two chatted on Messenger and the following year he offered to pay for her plane ticket so that she could fly to Malta.
She accepted his offer and eventually spent time on the island before being placed under a repatriation order when she was caught working locally without the necessary permit.
Communication between the two persisted but, although the woman obtained a certificate proving that she was single and although her passport also indicated it, the man, nonetheless, was not convinced of the marriage.
Some time later, while the man was on a vacation trip to Thailand with a friend, the woman joined him for a week.
It was only then that he finally gave in to her pressure and agreed to be married in Bangkok, later claiming that he had given in to her insistence simply because of her vulnerability at the time. .
He was mourning the loss of a family member, he explained.
He returned to Malta the day after the couple exchanged vows and registered the marriage in Malta.
His wife moved to Malta three months later and within nine months she gave birth to a child which she said had not been fathered by her Maltese husband.
Determined to find out the truth, the man resorted to DNA tests which quickly revealed that he was indeed the child’s biological father.
However, his wife’s lie raised suspicion about his intentions in the first place.
Four years ago, after acquiring Maltese nationality, the woman seemed to turn her back on marriage.
She left the couple’s bedroom, took a full-time job from morning till night, no longer cooked her husband’s meals, and practically abandoned her family, leaving her husband to care for their child. .
During this time, he funded his visits to his homeland, about seven times a year.
An anonymous email in the man’s inbox claiming his wife was married to a foreign national when she exchanged marriage vows with the applicant prompted him to ask for confirmation.
He retained the services of a foreign law firm, obtaining the necessary evidence.
He demanded the cancellation, explaining that he felt she was not being honest and had played a game, but he gave in to her insistence at a “vulnerable moment”.
On the basis of all the evidence, not refuted by the respondent, the presiding judge of the family court declared the marriage annulled.
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