Cambridgeshire

Four jailed over sham marriage in Peterborough

Four people have been jailed for their involvement in a sham marriage with the aim of tricking officials into letting a Nigerian woman stay in the UK.

The fake ceremony took place at a church in Peterborough in May this year, the city's crown court heard.

Ruth Abumhere, 29, from Nigeria, was jailed for two years.

"Best man" Mamadu Djalo received 30 months, "groom" Fernando Da Silva was given 18 months and "witness" Clifford Asikhia was given an 18-month term.

Arrested at church

Djalo, 33, of Peterborough, Da Silva, 43, of Ipswich, and Asikhia, 34, of Bowditch, east London, were convicted after a trial of conspiring to arrange a sham wedding in order to facilitate a breach of immigration law.

Asikhia had admitted trying to obtain leave to stay in the UK by deception and possessing a false identity document.

Judge Sean Enright heard how Abumhere and the three men were arrested by investigators from the UK Border Agency at the church.

"You were all involved in a sham marriage which was stopped minutes before it took place," said Judge Enright.

"There is no doubt this was done for a significant amount of money."

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