A man who held a wedding license for his partner for a year has been honoured by police for their friendship and commitment to each other.
Key points:Gillian and Tim Wright married in New South Wales last yearGillian Wright’s partner, Tim Wright, has been sentenced to two years in prison for a violent crimeThe couple’s relationship is now under criminal investigationGillian said she wanted to celebrate their anniversary in court, but they were not prepared for the situation they found themselves in after the murder of her father.
“We were shocked,” Ms Wright said.
“I was thinking, I think it’s a good idea for us to go to court, because we’re not ready for that.”
But I didn’t have the courage to go out and get a lawyer.
“The couple married in July last year and their relationship is currently under criminal inquiry.”
It’s hard,” Ms Wylie said.”[The police] said they wanted to know why we did it.
“They said it was very, very difficult, but we’re doing it because we love each other, we love the marriage, we’re married and we love our children.”
“We’ve got the love, we’ve got our children, we have grandchildren.”‘
We just want to be normal’The couple said they did not want to make a statement, but wanted to get their story out there to show the world the dangers of holding a marriage license.
“That’s what we just want people to understand,” Ms Willey said.
The couple were both born in New Zealand and moved to Australia with their parents when they were teenagers.
“When we got here, we wanted to go home and be like everyone else and go to school and do the things we were doing,” Ms Williams said.”(I didn’t want to go back).)
We just wanted to be the normal people that we are and go on to the next chapter of our lives.””
I’m so happy, it’s been a year now.
I’m so grateful for what I’ve done, for all the good that has happened.”
And I’m happy for my family and my friends, for them to see that I am a happy person.”‘
They were very supportive’The family had planned to celebrate the day, but were unaware that they would have to return to court.”
The whole week was so difficult, especially the weekend,” Ms Worley said of the time she spent in court.”[They were] so supportive and I couldn’t really believe it.
We were just like, we just wanted them to know that we love them, that we’re here for them.””
They’ve been very supportive, it was really hard.
It’s really hard to be here and not know anything is going to happen.
“The case has been referred to the NSW Police Crime Commission, who will determine if charges will be laid against Mr Wright and Ms Willeys.
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