Tan Tee Wee, who ran an events company, got to know Ms Esther Tan Wee Yee in 2000 when they were colleagues, and became an item the following year.

At the time, he told her he was going to file for separation from his wife, Madam Goh Geok Tin.

In 2010, Tan and Ms Tan tied the knot in New Zealand after he said he had "unresolved tax issues" with Madam Goh in Singapore.

Ms Tan believed him and they registered their marriage at the Auckland Marriage Registry on Feb 25, 2010. They even threw a lavish wedding dinner at the St Regis Hotelin Singapore.

After a confrontation with Ms Tan in 2013, Tan admitted that he was still married to Madam Goh.

Ms Tan lodged a police report against him on Nov 25 that year. Investigations revealed that Tan had never started divorce proceedings against Madam Goh. A search of business records also show Madam Goh as a director in his company.

He pleaded guilty to bigamy on Nov 26 last year and was sentenced to two months' jail. He asked for his sentence to be deferred so he could spend the school holidays with his children.

District Judge Shaiffudin Saruwan approved the request, and Tan's sentence was to begin on Wednesday. For the offence, he could have been jailed up to seven years and fined.