Man charged for marrying again without divorcing previous wife


A 35-year-old man has been charged for bigamy after he married again while still being legally wed to another woman.

Michael Taylor of Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, a ramp attendant attached to a private entity at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), pleaded not guilty and was released on $50,000 bail.

Taylor, a father of two, will make his next court appearance on July 9, 2020.

Based on reports received, the man’s first wife, Shena Somerset, 32, made a call to the police after discovering that her husband had gotten married to another woman in February without legally filing for a divorce.

This publication understands that Taylor and his first wife tied the knot in August 2015 but their relationship has been quite a rocky one.

The couple separated in November 2019, which saw Taylor moving out of the marital home and going to live with another woman. The man’s first wife claimed that she had no contact with Taylor since then.

Nevertheless, Somerset, after receiving news that her husband was remarried, went to the Registrar’s Office at the Guyana Post Office Corporation and sought advice. There she was told that he had committed a crime and the police were contacted.

Taylor and Somerset are currently engaged in a court case over his failure to support his children financially.

Somerset said she was forced to summon her husband to pay child support since he stopped maintaining his children. The man is currently in three months default on payments, totalling some $97,000.