Personal tragedies which have befallen five Mpumalanga men prompted them to take a 319km journey to .
A JILTED bridegroom has told how his new Jamaican wife dumped him just 20 MINUTES after he brought her home to Scotland.
Patrice Chambers, aged 24, sent 57-year-old Johnny Gannon out to buy Pot Noodles for her as soon as they arrived at his council flat. And when he got back, she told him she was leaving.
Patrice then headed for the railway station and caught a train to England. Johnny hasn't seen her since and suspects she is with a Jamaican boyfriend.
Trusting Johnny helped Patrice get a visa to come to the UK after they tied the knot in Jamaica earlier this year.
He told the Record newspaper: "She's used me. I feel humiliated.
"A visa and flights to the UK were probably all she was after.
"I popped out for 20 minutes and by the time I got back, she said she wasn't staying.
"I was devastated.
"I was looking forward to spending the rest of my life with Patrice but I think she planned this all along."
Johnny met Patrice two years ago on one of his regular holidays in Jamaica.
And despite the 33-year age gap, he fell head over heels in love after a pal set them up on a blind date in the resort of Treasure Beach.
Johnny and Patrice got to know each other in a romantic bar on a reef where customers can watch dolphins playing. He was soon convinced he'd found the girl of his dreams.
"Things were good," Johnny said. "Of course I was pinching myself over how lucky I'd been to end up with such a beautiful young woman. But the relationship was getting better over time so I wasn't suspecting any kind of sting operation.
"I heard from a friend that Patrice had a boyfriend in the UK. But when I asked her, she said it was all in the past, so I didn't think about it again."
Johnny, apart from marrying her and organising her UK visa, has been sending her money all this time.
To make matters worse, she left him a parting gift before fleeing his home - a huge phone bill.
"She'd run up a bill of nearly £500 on it," Johnny said. "It was mostly with phone calls to Jamaica."
Johnny reported Patrice to police but fears they didn't take him seriously.
"I feel a bit of a fool," he confessed. "I was looking forward to introducing Patrice to my mum. I'll have to think what to tell her now."
Source: Daily Record