A terrified teenage bride trapped in a controlling relationship has finally been set free after admitting to the celebrant that she was being forced into the wedding to ensure her husband’s Australian residency.
Before the 2013 ceremony, the 26-year-old man had thrown his bride to be on the bed, grabbed her by the throat and screamed “shut the f*** up and get ready”
In January 2013 the two met and he quickly moved into the then 17-year-olds flat while she worked to support them both. He became domineering and demanded that she go straight home after work, wouldn’t let her visit her friends unless he was present and even threatened her with a knife.
In order to extend his visa that expired in November of the same year he decided he would marry her to stay in Australia.
The Daily Mail reported that on the day of the wedding he threatened the teenager saying “if you don’t do this today I will make sure you regret it for the rest of your life.”
The 2013 marriage was thankfully annulled after the celebrant provided evidence on behalf of the young woman at the Parramatta Family Court.
Justice Garry Foster said “The evidence…leads to the inescapable conclusion that the man imposed upon the woman and took advantage of her youth and lack of maturity,”
“She says she was terrified and felt trapped with no choice but to marry him”
“The relationship… was characterized by conduct of the man that was coercive, controlling, threatening and abusive for his own purposes presumably to assist any application for him to remain in Australia.”