A FORMER youth football coach convicted of bigamy after his third ‘marriage’ claimed this week: “I thought I was divorced.”
Father-of-four Simon Brown wed shop assistant Tracey Johnson at Bletchley Register Office in August.
Though their marriage is legally void, Tracey is standing by her man and has forgiven him.
The bombshell came two weeks into the couple’s marital bliss when police paid Brown a visit – and charged him with bigamy.
Milton Keynes magistrates heard last week how 40-year-old Brown was not divorced from his second wife, who is mother to one of his sons.
He pleaded guilty and was given a 12-month conditional discharge.
It is understood Brown produced the divorce certificate from his first marriage when he and Tracey booked his latest wedding at the register office.
After the case a source said: “He ignored the fact he was still married to his second wife and had in fact only just got round to discussing a divorce with her a few days before he ‘married’ Tracey.
“He had never even got round to starting the legal procedures for a divorce.”
Brown, who is a manager at CitySprint couriers, claimed to the Citizen: “There was no deception on my part. I would have pleaded not guilty but I didn’t want to drag my child through the court as he was a witness.
“I never went out of my way to commit a crime and I was not aware of it until after the wedding when police told me.
“I was given a very lenient punishment because of the circumstances.”
Brown claims he simply did not check his paperwork properly
Meanwhile Tracey, a 37-year-old mum of three, is still living with Brown at their Deanshanger home and uses his surname.
“What has happened is none of your business, she told the Citizen.
Brown would not comment on whether his divorce was now going through but said: “This matter has now been resolved.”
Brown’s legal wife was unavailable for comment. His first wife is believed to be living abroad.