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Serial bigamist avoids jail term

Emily Horne at her wedding to Chris Barrett, courtesy of Ross Parry Agency
The judge described Ms Horne as a "manipulative woman"

A former glamour model has been spared a prison sentence after admitting bigamy for the fourth time.

Emily Horne, 30, received a 10-month term, suspended for two years, at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

Horne, who has bipolar disorder, only told her fifth "husband", Ashley Baker, she was already married when they travelled to their honeymoon.

Her barrister, Paul Hodgkinson, told the court "her decision-making was affected by her mental health".

Horne now has a new partner and was doing well since being prescribed with lithium for her disorder, said Mr Hodgkinson.


Emily Horne leaves court after receiving a suspended sentence

"She is sorry for what she has done and she is sorry for the pain she has caused to the men and their families," he added.

Outside court Horne said: She added: "I think next time I should get a divorce."

Judge Mushtaq Khokhar called Horne a "manipulative woman" but decided not to jail her because she had made progress since being prescribed with medication for her condition.

"I take the view that it undermines the institution of marriage when someone like you conducts marriages at the drop of a hat, " added Judge Khokhar.

The court heard Horne, who lives in the West Midlands, had married four men by the time she was 23 years old.

She and Mr Baker, who had known each other for four months, were "married" at Chadderton Register Office in Oldham, Greater Manchester.

'Life ruined'

The former adult film actress was initially married to soldier Paul Rigby in York in December 1996.

He was posted abroad and by the time he returned home his wife had left him for banker Sean Cunningham, whom she married in February 1999.

But Horne then left him for website designer Chris Barrett. The couple wed the following December.

Bigamy is not something to be sniggered at or brushed under the carpet

Det Con Colette Kelleher, Greater Manchester Police

Horne was subsequently cautioned for two offences of bigamy by West Yorkshire Police in 2001.

However three years later she was "married" for a fourth time to rail guard James Matthews, using her acting name Amileannya Carmichael and was jailed for six months in Ipswich after police were alerted.

The court heard Horne had been affected by the death of her sister when she was aged 18, and by her unhappy first marriage.

Outside court Lisa Baker-Conway, sister of fifth husband Mr Baker, said she was angry the judge has not jailed Horne.

She added: "My brother's life has been ruined and he has had to start again. He did love her and she manipulated him."

Det Con Colette Kelleher from Greater Manchester Police added: "Bigamy is not something to be sniggered at or brushed under the carpet.

"It is a very serious offence and the lives of five men have been severely affected by Horne's selfish and, quite frankly, cruel actions."

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