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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Sham Marriage: Nigerian Absconds As Partner Is Convicted!




Emma Louise Evans, 35, wept in the dock at Burnley Crown Court as she was sentenced for her false wedding with Nigerian Kazeem Kolade

A babysitter who married a Nigerian immigrant in a sham ceremony has been jailed for six months.

Emma Louise Evans, 35, wept in the dock at Burnley Crown Court as she was sentenced for her false wedding with Nigerian Kazeem Kolade at Blackburn Register Office in 2012.

She was jailed for six months by a judge who told her the crime 'struck at the heart of the immigration system'.

Kolade has since disappeared and the 'authorities have not yet caught up with him' the court heard.

Judge Jonathan Gibson jailed Evans, who had no previous convictions, and said: 'Offences of this kind strike at the heart of the immigration system and the message must go out to all those thinking of engaging in this kind of behaviour that the punishment will severe.'

Evans, a babysitter, of Burnley, Lancashire, had never denied taking part in the sham marriage to Kolade, Burnley Crown Court heard.

But she was able to convince prosecutors she did then not go on to bigamously marry a second man, Stephen Akinseye, who she remains married to, the following January.

Defence counsel Mark Stuart was able to produce a divorce certificate, after making inquiries with the Nigerian High Commission, to prove that the first 'wedding' had been annulled.

The former Accrington and Rossendale College and Fearns High student, who has also lived in Blackburn and Bacup, had denied bigamy, and also a third charge of taking part in a second sham marriage with Mr Akinseye at Burnley.

Prosecutors said the pleas were acceptable to the Crown, after legal discussions had taken place with Mr Stuart, and further consideration of the evidence in the case.

The court heard how Evans been introduced to Mr Kolade, who had first come into the UK on a student visa in 2010, via a man named 'Patrick' on Facebook.

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