Wedding photographer from Northampton admits bigamy after marrying woman despite having wife in Canada

Simon Lack pictured on his wedding day on October 10 2008.
Simon Lack pictured on his wedding day on October 10 2008.

A wedding photographer has admitted a charge of bigamy after he married a woman in Northampton despite the fact he had a wife who lived in Canada.

Simon Lack, of Cissbury Road, Briar Hill, Northampton, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ court on Monday and pleaded guilty to bigamy.

The court heard Lack married his second wife Tanya during a ceremony in Ontario, Canada in 2002.

Caroline Emmett, prosecuting, said the couple soon moved to Northampton but Lack’s wife then went back to Canada on the basis that he would join her once he had sold all their possessions.

However, Lack did not return to Canada to join his wife and she could not afford to fly back to England.

Mrs Emmett said: “The defendant went on dating websites and was seeing other people during his marriage. There is evidence of this on Facebook.”

The court heard that Lack then met a woman from Northampton in 2006 and he then married her at the Westone Manor Hotel in Northampton on October 10, 2008.

Mrs Emmett said his ‘bride’ was completely unaware of Lack’s marriage to Tanya.

However, in another twist, the court heard that she knew of Lack’s previous marriage to yet another woman, called Catherine.

Magistrates heard he had used the divorce papers from this dissolved marriage to prove he was single at their wedding ceremony.

The court heard that Lack’s relationship with the duped ‘wife’ ended last October and he has a new girlfriend who lives in Devon.

After being arrested Lack told officers he did not think his second marriages was “real” and did not realise documents were required to marry and divorce.

Angela Hudson, defending, said it was a “very unusual case” as her client believed his second wife had “sorted” their divorce.

Ms Hudson said Lack was currently working as a double-glazing window salesman but also works part-time as a photographer. Ms Hudson said Lack had also worked for the police in the past.

Magistrates adjourned the case for three weeks to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.