A former religious leader in Canada has been found guilty of polygamy after marrying more than two dozen women over the course of 25 years.
Winston Blackmore, 61, was charged with practicing plural or ‘celestial’ marriage in the fundamentalist community of Bountiful, BC after he married 25 women. Blackmore has fathered more than 145 children from his marriages.
It was Winston’s ex wife, Jane Blackmore, that brought him down.
According to CBCNews Jane said in court Winston had told her he was ‘only doing what God told him to do,’ in having multiple wives.
BC Supreme Court Justice Sheri Ann Donegan praised Jane as a highly credible and reliable witness.
‘She was a careful witness,’ Donegan said. ‘There was nothing contrived or rehearsed in her answers. She was impartial.’
The trial last 12 days, but the case against Blackmore has been going on for decades.
Blackmore receives a kiss from one of his daughters