A husband was conned for 17 years by his wife into bringing up her lover’s child as his own, a court heard yesterday.
Mark Webb only found out the truth from DNA tests conducted after the girl turned 18, it is alleged. He has tried to sue his ex-wife Lydia Chapman for deceiving him over the paternity of her daughter.
In the first ‘paternity fraud’ case to reach the Appeal Court, Mr Webb said his former wife and her alleged lover conceived the girl at a hotel in 1985.
Mr Webb, 47, claims he was given no reason to believe the girl was not his and she was registered as the couple’s child.