The last few reports I have done on sham marriages seem to indicate that Belfast has become a sham marriage hotspot, here’s another.
A ‘bride and groom’ who were arrested on suspicion of staging a sham wedding ceremony in Belfast have been charged with immigration offences.
UKBA officers assisted by the PSNI stopped a wedding at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday (10 August) between a Chinese woman and man from Co Antrim.
The couple were taken to Antrim Road police station in Belfast where they were charged with attempting to evade UK immigration laws.
The bride, Shuli Lin a 46-year-old Chinese national appeared before Laganside Magistrates Court yesterday (11 August) charged with seeking to obtain leave to remain in the UK by deception and was remanded in custody.
The intended groom 54-year-old Robert John Nicholl from Castlerock, Co Antrim and Ye Wang the 19-year-old daughter of the bride were both charged with assisting unlawful immigration and bailed to re-appear at a later date.
A Chinese man who was acting as a witness to the ceremony has also been referred for prosecution.