Newcastle Grosvenor Casino boss on bigamy charge

A TYNESIDE casino boss has been arrested after allegedly committing bigamy.

Lee Naugher, Grosvenor Casino

A TYNESIDE casino boss has been arrested after allegedly committing bigamy.

Lee Naugher, general manager of Grosvenor Casino in Newcastle, was due to appear at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court today accused of being married to two women at the same time.

Prosecutors believe the 38-year-old was still married to Helen Naugher when he travelled to South Africa on holiday in June and returned with a new wife, Michelle Du-Plessis.

Between marriages Naugher also had a relationship with Rachel Eklund, 26, a dealer at Grosvenor Casino.

The couple, who had allegedly been dating since February 2009, had a baby daughter, Melissa Eklund, on May 15 this year.

It is believed Rachel and Naugher had still been in a relationship when he returned from his holiday with his new wife.

The Journal understands she allegedly only discovered that he had married again when she visited his home in Crofton Street, South Shields, on July 6 and came face-to-face with his new wife.

It is believed that he told Rachel he was going out to visit friends and had tried to keep her from his home.

Naugher is said to have split from his first wife last year, but prosecutors believe a divorce has not been finalised.

Police were contacted on July 7 by Rachel Eklund after she discovered his new wife. Naugher was arrested on July 8 and released on bail.

After further investigations, Naugher was charged with bigamy.

The Journal understands Naugher was in a relationship with Ms Du-Plessis earlier in his life when he spent a lengthy spell living in South Africa.

The pair are said to have married during Naugher’s holiday. When the Journal approached Naugher at the terrace house he shares with South African-born Ms Du-Plessis he refused to speak.

His first wife, Helen Naugher, who is believed to still reside at the marital home in Washington, refused to comment.

Bigamy is the act of marrying a person while still being lawfully married to someone else.

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “A 38-year-old man, from South Shields, has been charged with bigamy. He is due to appear at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.”

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