Bigamist held after wife sees bride he put online
Andrew McLeod-Baikie with his second wife Helen
The property developer, 52, was all smiles in the wedding snaps with his bride Helen.
But his shocked wife Susan, 51, called police and said: “He’s still officially married to me.”
McLeod-Baikie insisted that he had paid £600 for an online divorce from Susan four years ago, a court heard.
Susan saw the pictures on Facebook
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But the divorce had not been made official when he married second wife Helen, 48, in Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire.
He’s still officially married to me
A selection of wedding pictures showing Helen in a flowing white gown posing on a yacht next to the suited groom soon appeared on Facebook.
Father-of-four McLeod-Baikie was arrested after wife Susan was tipped off about the pictures by a friend.
Mark Layton, defending, said McLeod-Baikie had obtained a divorce online after parting from his first wife in 2011.
Mr Layton said McLeod-Baikie presented the paperwork to the vicar who married him to his second bride.
“It was quite a large function and he was not secretive about it.” he said.
“He should have paid more attention to the paperwork. Clearly the decree absolute had not been granted.”
McLeod-Baikie, of Cresselly, Pembrokeshire, at first denied bigamy but changed his plea after legal advice.
Haverfordwest magistrates fined him £400 and ordered him to pay £400 costs.
Mr Layton said McLeod-Baikie and his new bride would have to dissolve their illegal union and get married again.
He said: “When they re-enter into marriage, it will be done properly. This was all just a misunderstanding.”
An image of Helen McLeod-Baikie
First wife Susan was yesterday at their former marital home, a seaside cottage in Solva, Pembrokeshire.
The couple moved to Pembrokeshire from Christchurch, Dorset, more than 10 years again to work in property development and holiday cottage rentals.
She said: “There are a lot of unanswered questions on his part and many things I’d like to say.
“But I have to think of our children. They are very aware of what has gone on and I must think of their welfare.
"The situation is a bit ridiculous. Anyone in their right mind would get their hands on the decree absolute before you get married again.”