Pregnant runaway bride fined
Taipei - A Taiwanese court has ordered a runaway bride to pay $8 620 in emotional damage to her groom-to-have-been for not showing up at their wedding, local media reported on Friday.
The woman, who was five-months pregnant at the time, failed to show up at the wedding ceremony in November after she and her intended had fought over the number of guests to be invited, said the TVBS cable news channel.
The deeply embarrassed groom decided on a whim to ask the maid of honour to stand in the bride's place to fake a wedding, but ended up falling in love with the understudy and later married her for real, the report said.
The groom, who lives in southern Kaohsiung city, was also victorious in court after he was awarded $8 620 in a final verdict, although he had sought $34 500 in compensation.
The runaway bride gave birth to her baby earlier this year, which she is raising alone, the report said.