A woman who cancelled her brother's wedding because she did not like his bride-to-be has been jailed for eight weeks. Ann Duffy, of Plymouth, was also issued an indefinite restraining order against her brother's wife. The 50-year-old had previously admitted harassment without violence.
Duffy impersonated her now sister-in-law Sandra in a phone call to Plymouth
Register Office to tell them to cancel the ceremony. She made the call on 5 November, 20 days before the wedding was due to go
ahead. The court heard she called her brother David Greatrex and told him: "You had
better put this on speakerphone. I have saved you from a divorce. I have cancelled your wedding. Would you
like me to send you the confirmation email?"
The couple contacted the police to say Duffy had impersonated Sandra and
called off the ceremony. Prosecutor Will Rose said: "It is like a lift from an EastEnders' plot line, but
it was the sad reality that confronted the complainants in this case." He said it was "a cruel and vindictive act which left
the couple distressed and distraught". They were able to reinstate the wedding, which went ahead on the chosen
In a police interview, Duffy admitted she had a strained relationship with
her sister-in-law who was looking after her mother. She said she was trying to protect her brother from a marriage to someone she
disliked and who she felt was taking away her mother. Duffy said she only wanted to cause Sandra distress, not her brother. Miss Rebecca Wood, mitigating, said: "She does not like her sister-in-law and
there are ongoing issues between them. It is not an excuse. She intended to cause inconvenience and upset." Magistrate Graham Price said: "It was a planned, deliberate, spiteful and
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