Wife hits out at bigamist husband who called her every day for
Rattue, of York, admitted bigamy at a a hearing at Salisbury Magistrates’ Court last month.Susan had paid off £30,000 of debt, from credit cards and loans taken out with Rattue, but still had a ‘staggering’ £37,500 to be paid.She said: “Why did he not ask me years ago for a divorce or when he met his new wife? Instead he was leading a double life.”I have spent the last 19 years living with my mum as he left me with no other option. I am paying for this both mentally and emotionally. He has stolen my life from me.”I could have remarried and moved on. I could have had children. It hurt me to learn he has gone on to have children of his own.”We were still married but I did not see my husband. I was having to work a lot of overtime in the hospital to pay off my debts.”Rattue was sentenced to eight months in prison. He has stolen my life from me. I could have remarried and moved on. I could have had children. It hurt me to learn he has gone on to have children of his own.Susan Rattue Neil Rattue (left) was jailed for 18 monthsCredit:Solent News & Photo Agency A furious wife says “her life has been stolen” after her bigamist husband who called her everyday for 17 years following their split was jailed.Neil Rattue, 60, set himself up with a new wife and children but continued to call first wife Susan, who he was married to for 15 years.Mr Rattue had bought a home with Susan, which he said they had to sell and she must move in with her mother because they were in debt.He then forged a divorce certificate using a friend’s as a template so he could marry his second wife Rebecca, with whom he had two children and lived 256 miles away.Though he stopped seeing his first wife in 2001, he dutifully continued to call her daily for 17 years to ask how she was and discuss their debts, which she was paying off.When Rebecca’s sister discovered what he had been up to, she wrote to Susan and informed her of Rattue’s actions – and she contacted the police, the court heard. The bigamist, who often worked away, then met his second wife Rebecca while in Stratford-upon-Avon. The pair, who married on October 3, 1998, lived together in York, North Yorks, having two children together. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Judge Richard Parkes QC said Rattue had been ‘cowardly’ and ‘deceitful’ in maintaining his marriage to Susan despite having started a new life without her.Salisbury Crown Court, Wilts, heard today Rattue had met his first wife Susan in Wiltshire in 1980 and they were married three years later.