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Plymouth woman cancelled brother's wedding because she didn't like bride-to-be

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

Ann Duffy

A WOMAN cancelled her brother’s wedding without his knowledge – because she didn’t like his bride-to-be, a court heard.

Ann Duffy, aged 50, impersonated her now sister-in-law in a phone call to Plymouth Register Office and told them she wanted to cancel the wedding, Plymouth magistrates were told.

She made the call on November 5 last year, just 20 days before the celebration was planned to go ahead.

The court heard how on the same day that Duffy cancelled the wedding, she called her brother and said: “You better put this on speakerphone. I have saved you on the divorce.

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“I have cancelled your wedding. Would you like me to send you the confirmation email?”

Mr Walden, prosecuting, described how her brother’s fiancee called the police to say that Duffy had impersonated her and cancelled their wedding.

He said that there was some friction between the two women which had come about because of the care of Duffy’s mother. Duffy admitted a charge of harassment.

“One offence doesn’t really constitute a harassment charge,” Mr Walden said. “There were other incidents that had been reported to police which is why the charge was brought.”

The court heard how during an interview, Duffy had explained about the strained relationship with her sister-in-law over her mother, who had moved in with the couple.

In the interview, Duffy said she was trying to protect her brother from a marriage to someone she dislikes and who she believed was taking her mother away.

Duffy said that she only wanted to cause her sister-in-law distress, and not her brother.

Roger Page, defending, said: “What we have here is somebody that has pleaded guilty to harassment without violence. The defendant still takes the view that her brother is not suited to his wife.

“In desperation to avoid her brother from making what she regarded as a disastrous move she cancelled the wedding.”

Mr Page said because she called the pair and told them what she had done, they were able to re-book the wedding the next day.

Duffy, of Embankment Road, will be sentenced on February 11 following a full pre-sentence report.

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