Nigerian Ehinhanre Esene, 29, and 22-year-old Slovakian Emilia Ginova were arrested when Home Office immigration enforcement officers stopped their sham marriage.
Esene, of Tower Street, Pontypridd, was jailed for 21 months after being found guilty of seeking to obtain leave to remain in the UK by deception. He faces deportation after his sentence. Yeah right, he might face it but that doesn’t mean he will be deported.
The court heard how Ginova, who lived in Britton Street, Gillingham, had travelled from the Medway Towns, Kent to take part in the sham marriage at Pontypridd Register Office, in Wales, in November last year. At the time of the ceremony, she was four months’ pregnant by another man.
She was sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of assisting unlawful immigration.
Also sentenced at Merthyr Crown Court were Slovakians Marian Bado, 28, of Seymour Road, Chatham; 32-year-old Michael Horvath, who also lived in Medway, and 17-year-old Nikola Cifrova.
Bado and the teenager had been complicit in organising the marriage ceremony and Horvath had acted as an interpreter, the court heard. All three were found guilty of assisting illegal immigration.
Talking about Wales
Following operations by immigration enforcement officers across Wales, four suspected immigration offenders have been arrested.
Officers visited restaurants in Menai Bridge and Swansea. On Thursday 7th November at 18:15 at Taste of India restaurant, on High Street, Menai Bridge, three Bangladeshi men, aged 28, 31 and 57, were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences.
The 31 and 57-year-old men had both overstayed their visas and were working illegally. Both were arrested on suspicion of possession of false documents and later charged with identity fraud. Both have been remanded in custody.
The 28-year-old who did not have permission to work was temporarily released, more of him being arrested somewhere else I shouldn’t wonder.
On Friday 8th November at 17:30, officers visited Eastern Express Chinese takeaway on Port Tennant Road, Port Tennant, Swansea. A 51-year-old Chinese woman they encountered in the kitchen was arrested for having overstayed her visa. She is currently detained pending her removal from the country.
In Northern Ireland
Immigration officers visited the Bengal Tandoori restaurant on Bridge Street, Portadown on Friday 16th November at 17:45. Individuals present were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
Officers arrested two Bangladeshi men, aged 23 and 25, who were found to have overstayed their visas. Both are currently in detention while steps are taken to remove them from the country.
A third Bangladeshi man, aged 53, who was working without permission, was stopped from working and must now report to the Home Office while his case is considered.