Forced marriage conviction


A 34-year-old businessman became the first person to be jailed in the UK under the forced marriage laws introduced last June under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The un-named man was sentenced to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty midway through his trial at Merthyr Crown Court. He admitted to making a 25-year-old woman marry him under duress in September 2014 after threatening to kill her parents unless she complied. He also pleaded guilty to charges of rape, bigamy and voyeurism.

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