Sham marriage quartet in court

Posted: October 21, 2010 in Law & Disorder

Fernando Da Silva, best man Mamadu Djalo and witness Clifford Asikhia, took part in an elaborate scam to help Nigerian bride Ruth Abumhere gain a British passport.

IlieBut it was found that Da Silva did not know his bride’s surname nor occupation and that she was actually in love with Asikhia the witness.

Da Silva, Djalo and Asikhia were all convicted of attempting to facilitate a breach of the UK’s immigration laws after a trial at Peterborough Crown Court.

Their convictions follow that of bride Abumhere, who previously admitted that she hoped marrying Da Silva would give her long term residency in the UK. She pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to attempting to seek leave to remain by deception and possession with intent of a false identity document.

Acting on intelligence, police had hidden in the vestry at All Saints’ Church in Peterborough, Cambs., on May 17 before pouncing just as the couple were due to make their vows.

The four are due to be sentenced on 9th of November but seeing how criminals are not being sent to prison to save money I predict community service all round.

Excuse me ToffTories/LibDims

A million incapacity benefit claimants will lose their benefit if they fail to find work after 12 months but where are the jobs they can take?


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