Beds, Herts & Bucks

Women 'conspired to force marriage'

Two women have been remanded in custody after it was alleged they breached a court order banning any arranged wedding.

The order imposed by Judge Sir Gavyn Arthur at Luton County Court on 27 November 2012 included power of arrest.

He was told on Tuesday the "distressed" girl turned up at a police station in her pyjamas on 20 May to report being forced to marry a man she had met once.

The women deny the breach and are due before the court again on Friday.

The girl also alleged that death threats had previously been made against her if she refused to marry, counsel for Bedfordshire Police James Weston said.

The women deny breaching Forced Marriage Protection Orders.

In November last year three court orders were made against one of the defendants, stopping her from arranging the child's marriage either in the UK or abroad.

Neelim Sultana, representing one of the women, said her client was "of good character" and strongly denied having anything to do with arranging the wedding.

Gemma Lindfield, counsel for the second defendant, said her client "was aware of the orders but not the terms of those orders" and also denied any breach.

Both defendants were refused bail and remanded to appear before the county court for an administrative hearing on Friday.

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