A judge has annulled a marriage arranged by two mothers who agreed that their son and daughter ought to marry soon after being introduced to each other.

The parents were so keen on their children getting married that they could not even wait for the date given to them by the Public Regis­try, so they organised a wedding reception more than a month before the actual wedding day.

Madam Justice Abigail Lofaro described the marriage as a "textbook case" of an invalid consent at the time of the exchange of vows. She said that from evidence heard in court, there was no doubt that this consent "was obtained through moral and physical violence".

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