I'll be the luckiest man alive

A SERIAL bigamist has spoken for the first time since her release from jail and told how she plans to marry for the fifth time.Former model Amileaynna Carmichael served six weeks in prison after admitting bigamy – in less than six years, she had married four times, but had never bothered to get a divorce from her any of her husbands.

A SERIAL bigamist has spoken for the first time since her release from jail and told how she plans to marry for the fifth time.

Former model Amileaynna Carmichael served six weeks in prison after admitting bigamy - in less than six years, she had married four times, but had never bothered to get a divorce from her any of her husbands.

But the 25-year-old has now been released from jail and said she was looking forward to a new life with computer engineer Ross Beech, who has stood by her during her imprisonment.

"Ross has always known everything and proposed even before my arrest. It did occur to me that marriage was the kiss of death to any relationship I'd been in and maybe we should just settle for being engaged," said Ms Carmichael, of Hervey Street, Ipswich.


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"But I've been getting help from a psychotherapist and I think I might be ready for marriage. They're treating my condition as manic depression and I'm on medication, which has really helped.

"This is the longest relationship I've been in. It will finally be the fairytale wedding I've always dreamed of. But I won't be wearing white - I'm not that much of a hypocrite."

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Mr Beech, 25, also of Hervey Street, said the moment he became Ms Carmichael's fifth husband, he would be the luckiest man in the world.

"Amileannya is still technically married to her first husband, but we will marry as soon as the divorce comes through," he added.

"When that happens I will be the luckiest bloke alive. I know I am following in the footsteps of men who have ended up very hurt, but I am going into this with my eyes open.

"I totally believe that the experiences of the last few months have changed her. She's got a brilliant, organised mind. Unfortunately it's one that's led her to make mistakes. But she has learned from those mistakes and I believe her now when she says she loves me too much too hurt me.

"She told me all about her past when we fell for each other. I want to be her next husband and she promises me that I will be the only one she ever has again."

Ms Carmichael, a volunteer counsellor at a youth drugs project, was jailed for six months at Ipswich Crown Court in January by Judge Peter Thompson, who branded her a "very predatory female".

She admitted: "There was something not right with me and the way I treated men and relationships. I had attention-seeking problems. I wasn't just clingy in relationships, I was like a barnacle.

"Whenever it didn't work, I'd move on to the next one and never stopped long enough to wonder what the hell I was doing.

"I think it stems back to when my parents split up. I was 12 and I felt used. My mother didn't want me to live with her. So if somebody wanted to marry me, it felt nice to be wanted. I can see now that I wasn't well. I'd lost all sense of reality and right and wrong."

Ms Carmichael's first and only legal marriage was to soldier Paul Rigby at York register office in December 1996, 11 days after her 18th birthday.

"I knew I was making a mistake, but my pride wouldn't let me back down. It was teenage rebellion. Paul was my childhood sweetheart, but my dad didn't like him," she said.

Three months later the marriage, which triggered a rift between Ms Carmichael and her parents, was over. "I was going to Leeds University and he was in the Army," she said. "I didn't see myself as an army wife and we drifted apart," she added.

Back in Leeds, she moved on to her second husband, but Ms Carmichael failed to tell bank worker Sean Cunningham, 33 that she was not divorced.

They wed in February 1999 at the register office in Leeds, where she used her grandmother's maiden name, Lecount.

Asked why she did not divorce first, Ms Carmichael said: "I felt guilty for hurting people. But once you've done it once, trying to undo the paperwork and sort it all out gets more and more difficult.

"I felt very guilty about lying to Sean and a few weeks after the wedding I told him the truth. He was upset, but once he knew I wasn't going to leave him, he was okay about it.

But the marriage soon began to fail and they split up. Her next husband was web designer Chris Barrett, 25, whom Ms Carmichael met on a bus and they married at Leeds register office in 2000.

However, this marriage also petered out after a few weeks and Mr Barrett reported her to the police, who gave Ms Carmichael a caution.

Ms Carmichael then applied for a job in Ipswich and met her fourth husband, train guard James Matthews, on the journey south.

Six weeks later, on March 5, 2002, they were married at St Thomas' Church in Ipswich. "On the morning of the wedding I wanted to back out," admitted Ms Carmichael.

"I said 'Let's just live together'. But James was a Christian and said we couldn't live together if we weren't married.

"When I told James the truth, he said we'd been married in church under the eyes of God and as long as I didn't leave him, he'd keep my secret, and at first our marriage was fine."

But then she met current fiancé Ross through a Dungeons and Dragons role-playing club and soon she moved in with him, prompting Mr Matthews to report his wife to the police.

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