A fraudster who duped his fiancee into believing he was a firefighter before faking a vasectomy and having a baby with her has been jailed
Married Greg Wilson, 39, duped the woman into believing he was a single firefighter called James Scott, lied about having testicular cancer and falsely claimed he'd had a vasectomy.
Wilson, form County Durham, also attempted to buy a £1.6million house after creating false bank statements.
It resulted in his fiancee, Coleen Greenwood, giving birth to their son who still bears the fake surname of Scott.
He said his fire service shift patterns meant he had to be away from her for periods in the week - when in fact he had a second life with his family.
When Miss Greenwood's sister began to unravel the deception - after he had twice cancelled weddings to his fiancee at the plush Wynyard Hall, two-and-a-half years into their relationship - he handed their baby son through an open window in his car and drove off, never to see them again.
Miss Greenwood followed the proceedings via a video-link to the court and saw Judge James Adkin sentence him to six years in prison.
In a victim statement read out for her, she said she felt shock, hurt and disbelief when the frauds were uncovered.
She said she felt complete devastation to discover "my whole life and future were built on deceit and lies".
When she found out Wilson was married, she was sickened, saying: "I was unwittingly his mistress."
Falling pregnant to him after he lied about having a vasectomy almost killed her, she said.
"I saw him after the operation and saw bruising and dressings on his penis," she said.
"I was also shown a medical report which stated he now had nil sperm count.
"Two months after seeing this report I fell pregnant again."
She explained: "My waters broke at 23 weeks and when I delivered our baby I needed an emergency C section.
"I nearly died during this and my baby was put on a life support machine. We were told his health deteriorated and there was a chance he wouldn't make it.
"This all added to the trauma for me to know James faked the vasectomy risking mine and our baby's life sickens me to the stomach."
Ms Greenwood said: "Looking to the future the consequences of what James did to us is complicated.
"Our child's birth certificate has a father's name that never existed and I've found no way of changing it.
"One of the hardest things I will have to do is, at some point in the future, I will have to sit down with my wonderful son and explain the horrendous truth about his father's deception.
"This is a task I wouldn't wish on anyone."
Wilson, of Lingwood Court, Thornaby, Teesside, admitted a series of fraud charges as well as making a false statement when registering a birth by naming himself as James Scott on his son's birth certificate.
The judge told him: "The background to this offending shows frankly jaw-dropping arrogance and cruelty in the way that you so persistently and wickedly deceived your victims, particularly Coleen Greenwood.
"You lied about your name, occupation, family details, marital status and, quite bizarrely, faked a vasectomy.
"You feigned other illness to postpone marriage and to prolong your frauds.
"You even had a child with Miss Greenwood. So not only did you defraud her, but you subjected her to calculated emotional manipulation in order to be able to extract money from her and others.
"When you were confronted about what you had done, you did not have the courage to stay or apologise, you simply drove off, out of Miss Greenwood's life, and never returned, seemingly without a care for her or for your own son, who by then had become attached to you."