Northampton

Couple jailed over sham wedding in Northamptonshire

Two people caught taking part in a sham wedding at a church in Northampton have each been jailed for two years.

Police went in to the St Michael's Church and stopped the marriage of African groom Roland Kuku, 31, and his French bride Marian Drame, 26.

Northampton Crown Court heard Kuka, from Togo, was to pay French teacher Drame £2,000 to marry him so he could remain in England.

They had met three times and could not communicate, the court heard.

'Deterrent' element

Kuku, of Great Bent Close, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to identity and deception charges.

He was in possession of a fake Nigerian passport and a false UK Visa. He faces deportation on his release from jail.

Drame, of Alles Des Raisons, Aubervilliers, France, admitted assisting in unlawful immigration and fraud.

Judge Ian Alexander QC said: "There should be an element of deterrent to the sentence I will impose."

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