Simon Crudgington exposed as a bigamist after his first wife saw photos of his second wedding on Facebook

Sam Crudgington with new wife

Simon Crudgington, ex-soldier caught out on Facebook when his first wife discovered photos of his secret second wedding.

When she challenged him about the ceremony the “manipulative” man went to spun huge lies to cover his tracks.

The devious love rate sent her a fake e-mail claiming their marriage was null and void.

Now the dad-of-two has been jailed for six months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after admitting lying that he was free to marry.

The newly weds

Prosecutor Joanne Barker told the court the defendant married Elizabeth McLaren in August 2006 after meeting her four years earlier.

They moved to Biddulph, Staffs, in 2009 but he left the marital home in 2012 when their marriage broke down.

Early in 2014 Crudgington contacted his estranged wife and asked for a quickie divorce, but she made it clear she was not prepared to rush the process.

Miss Barker said: “She became aware that the defendant had got engaged to somebody and was planning to marry.

“She discovered photos on Facebook of the defendant’s wedding in Prague on June 27, 2014. She was a little bit surprised given her marriage had never legally ceased.”

When Elizabeth contacted her husband he said it was nothing more than a blessing ceremony and was not a legal marriage.

But her uncle contacted Crudgington’s new wife who was unaware he was still married to Elizabeth

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