In the age of the internet 2.0, lies have short legs like never before. And sometimes revealing the truth can cost dear, even 8 months in jail. This is the case of Andrew o’ Clee, a 36 year old British man, born in Chiddingfold. In 2008 he got married to 39 year old Michelle, who was trying to conceive a child, when, in 2011 he met 30 year old Philippa Campbell and the two started a love affair. O’ Clee though had no intention whatsoever, to break off his marriage and to devote his life to his mistress.
So he invented an absurd story: he said to his wife that he had been the victim of a serious crime that forced him to be included in the witness protection programme. His strategy permitted him to disappear for long periods of time without arousing suspicion. It was Michelle herself who told this to the Court: “he told me he had a new job. It was a particular thing – but reveals other details – saying that he had got mixed up in fraudulent issues. He said that for this reason, he had to leave with his colleagues, particularly at night, to spend it in a secure place, “she concluded.
The situation made the woman paranoic and said to be “constantly frightened” both for her life and safety, because Andrew had told her that, given the gravity of the situation, she should not mention it to anyone-neither friends or relatives. Eventually the quirky news came to light in 2014, when Michelle saw that her husband had been tagged in a video on Facebook titled “Uncle Andrew and aunt Philippa”, where she saw an Ice Bucket Challenge with her lover. From there, it was not difficult to discover what her husband was hiding, who was immediately denounced and sentenced to eight months in prison for fraud.