A Royal Irish Regiment soldier is desperate to track down his former glamour model wife so he can divorce her. The young woman married four other men, although she had never divorced him. She has now disappeared.
Paul Rigby (33) has spent the last seven years trying to track down his wife, serial bigamist, Emily Horne.
Horne and Rigby married in December 1996 when he was on leave from the Royal Irish Regiment. When Rigby was posted away the couple separated but they never divorced.
A former glamour model, Horne, went on to marry four other men.
In 2004 she was jailed for six months. Horne then married for a fifth time and was given a suspended sentence at the subsequent trial in 2009.
Rigby, who moved to Northern Ireland five months after his split from Horne, has failed to track her down and says that his marriage to Horne has become "a millstone around my neck".
"I've been trying from about 2004 to get rid of her, but I've been struggling to track her down. I try this every couple of years. I have had six or seven searches done for her and come up with nothing," said Rigby, speaking to the Daily Mail. "I am just trying to get rid of her. I would very much like to cut my ties with her. Getting rid of her will be like getting rid of a millstone from round my neck.”
"I'll probably call her every name under the sun, but as long as she gives me a divorce I'll wish her all the best because she's going to damn well need it. I just want to make it final."
After she split from Rigby she used the name Emily Lecont and told people she was a student physicist. In 1999 she married Sean Cunningham, a 33-year-old retail credit officer, at Leeds Registry Office. This marriage was soon annulled and she went on to marry Chris Barrett, a 21-year-old website designer, at the same registry office the next December. This time she used her given name but described herself as an account handler whose father was a retired army major.
Horne went on to marry her fourth husband James Matthews, a train guard. They were married just four weeks after they met. Within four months Horne had moved out of Matthew’s home and was living with another man. Matthews tipped the police off in August 2001. Horne was cautioned with two offenses of bigamy. She spent just six months in prison.
In May 2007 she married Ashley Baker (25). She met him while she was working at a massage parlor. The couple were travelling to Scotland for their honeymoon when she confessed, about the other marriages, and showed him her newspaper clippings.
In 2009 her case went to court. She said 'I'm just delighted to be free but I think it is about time I got a divorce…I need to put all this behind me.' However it later emerged that she wanted to get a divorce so she could marry a sixth husband, her new boyfriend Wayne Harper.
She was not jailed for bigamy in 2009 however she was prescribed medication for an 'impulsive' behavioral disorder.
Three years later Rigby has still been unable to finalize his divorce. He said "Every time I try to start a new relationship with a woman and marriage comes up I say I can't, and the relationship breaks down because of it…Women have been patient up to a point, but they don't want to hang around and I don't blame them. They want to get married. They want to have kids. But I'm tied up with this woman.”
During her court case in 2009 her defense lawyer, Paul Hodgkinson, said that death of Horne's sister when she was 18 had affected her mental state. He said "Her decision-making was affected by her mental health. She is an attention-seeker and she is a lady with emotional problems but she has had to put up with a great deal of trauma in her life…She is sorry for what she has done and she is sorry for the pain she has caused to the men and their families."
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