Man claiming to be Muslim first in UK to be jailed for forced marriage

A 34-year-old man was jailed for 16 years on Wednesday following Britain’s first conviction for the largely hidden practice of forced marriage. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted making a 25-year-old devout Muslim woman marry him against her will.

The already-married Welsh businessman, who claimed to follow Islam, systematically raped his victim between March and September last year.

He threatened to go public with hidden camera footage of her in the shower moments after he took her virginity unless she became his wife.