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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 July, 2005, 16:22 GMT 17:22 UK
Woman, 52, denies bigamy forgery
Dena Lloyd
Dena Lloyd denies divorcing her first husband without his knowledge
A woman accused of bigamy has denied forging her first husband's signature on divorce papers.

Dena Lloyd of Kidwelly, west Wales, said Hendrikus van Doorn was present when she filled in divorce papers 13 years ago and got him to sign them.

But Mr van Doorn claims he was not made aware of the divorce proceedings and denies signing any papers.

At Swansea Crown Court, Mrs Lloyd, aged 52, denies charges of bigamy and forgery. The case continues.

The jury has heard that Mrs Lloyd later married Mike Lloyd in 1998, and was with him five years later in a car park when she bumped into Mr van Doorn.

Philip Harris Jenkins, prosecuting, told the court that was when Mr van Doorn discovered his wife had remarried, even though he believed he was still her husband.

Later he applied for a new passport and researched his marriage when he found he needed to prove his marital status, the court heard.

I was upset, confused, concerned and worried and I just made mistakes
Dena Lloyd on her police interview

At that point, the jury heard he discovered documentation that he claimed he had never filled in and signed.

The prosecution claimed Mrs Lloyd began divorce proceedings without her husband's knowledge and forged his signature on a document acknowledging the divorce papers had been received.

Mrs Lloyd told the court on Thursday the marriage had broken down because her first husband had a drink and drugs problem.

But Mr Harris Jenkins said the 1992 divorce papers only gave the grounds for divorce as "unreasonable behaviour".

'Unreasonable behaviour'

He claimed she was lying about Mr van Doorn's drink and drug problem and was trying to use it as an excuse.

She has claimed she did not want her son exposed to the details of the break up in a bid to "protect him" so had not listed specific problems.

In an initial interview with police, Mrs Lloyd said her first husband had already moved out when the divorce documents were served.

She told the court she was stressed and worried when in police custody and had made mistakes.

"I was upset, confused, concerned and worried and I just made mistakes," she said. "I made a mistake as to when he actually left the house."

Mr Harris Jenkins said her first statement was the correct one and it meant that she would have received the divorce documents, filled them in and signed them without her husband ever knowing.

"No. I was in such a state of confusion. I was totally upset," Mrs Lloyd said.

"I had been put in a cell. I was alone. I was confused and I was crying."

She said that at the time of the break-up her husband had been sleeping downstairs on the settee because she was so concerned about his drinking and drug-taking.


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