Ice bucket challenge lands man in hot water — that’s been the news from Chichester Crown Court, anyway.
You couldn’t make it up. Chap marries one woman, has an affair three years later and decides to marry his mistress.
It takes enough to hold down a full-time job, keep one house going and provide food for the mouths therein, never mind doubling the workload
But instead of getting a real divorce he fakes his decree absolute and tells his original wife he’s in a witness protection programme so he can spend time at his second home.
Somehow he manages to lie so convincingly that his first wife believes her life — and the life of their children — would be in danger if he didn’t do this.
So she lets him trot off every night to family number two.
But, thanks to the wonderful world of social media and a bit of bad luck, his lies were exposed.
You might remember the world went a bit batty for the Ice Bucket Challenge, with buckets of icy water being flung over people’s heads in return for a donation to either the ALS or MND charities.
Well it seems the family of our chap, Andrew O’Clee, 36, from Chiddingfold in Surrey, was no exception.
O’Clee’s brother, believing like the rest of the family that he’d been legitimately divorced, put a video on Facebook of his toddler son nominating ‘Auntie Philippa O’Clee and Uncle Andrew’ to do the challenge.
Of course upon seeing it the first wife, Michelle, suddenly realised that witness the protection scheme was actually just a cover for O’Clee trying to have his cake and eat it.
You have to wonder where the man got his energy from.
It takes enough to hold down a full-time job, keep one house going and provide food for the mouths therein, never mind doubling the workload.
Add to that the fact he and his first wife were trying for a baby — successfully so — at the time when he had to enter ‘witness protection’ and you wonder whether he was surviving on energy drinks and adrenaline.
Unsurprisingly, O’Clee admitted one count of bigamy in court and was sentenced to eight months in prison.
He’ll finally be getting that protection — from one wife, at least.