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JAILED: Godsgift Tettegah was sentenced to 16-months behind bars

A FEMALE bigamist received a 16-month jail sentence after she was found guilty of fleecing two husbands out of £200,000.

The court was told of how Godsgift Tettegah, 39, asked one husband, John Thurlby, who is 26 years her senior, to sponsor her hair extension business in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

Mr Thurlby, who wed Tettegah in 2008 after meeting her the previous year, is said to have invested £65,000 into her hair business. The business never materialised and Mr Thurlby was never remunerated.

He is also believed to have handed her £10,000 to help a man she claimed to be her "brother" keep his home from repossession. Mr Thurlby later found out that the "brother" was in reality her husband, of whom she married in 2004. She is thought to have also fleeced him out £19,000. A loan which is still outstanding.

The court also heard that Mr Thurlby also spent £100,000 on building a four-bedroom house in Ghana, which he and Tettegah had planned to stay when visiting the country, but the house was never completed.

When sentencing Ghanian-born Tettegah last Friday (Sept 30), Judge Michael Heath said, "You are a strikingly attractive but very devious woman."

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