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British Babysitter Is Convicted Of Marrying Two Illegal Nigerian Immigrants At Same Time

A babysitter has been warned she faces jail after
marrying a Nigerian illegal immigrant in a sham
wedding to help him stay in the UK.

Emma Louise, 34, confessed to taking part in a
‘marriage of convenience’ with Kazeem Kolade but
charges that she bigamously married a second man
in another sham wedding were later dropped.
Burnley Crown Court heard that her marriage to
Kolade was annulled so that Evans could genuinely
marry her partner Stephen Akinseye, 45, in January

Initially Evans was accused of two suspected sham
marriages - the first to Kolade and the second to Mr
Akinseye - as well as a third charge of bigamy. Now
prosecutors have accepted the second marriage was
neither bigamous nor fake and dropped the second
sham marriage allegation. Evans, of Burnley,
Lancashire, will be sentenced for the one count of
taking part in a 'marriage of convenience' on
December 9. Adjourning the case, Judge Harry
Narayan told her: ' The fact that I am going to bail
you in order for a pre-sentence report is no
indication as to sentence.'All sentencing options,
including a custodial sentence, remain open to
the court. '

Evans admitted taking part in the sham marriage to
Kolade in order to assist his illegal immigration by
deception, so the Nigerian could remain in the UK,
the court heard.

The pair wed at Blackburn Register Office in July
2012. However, Evans strenuously denied bigamy,
and also a third charge of taking part in a second
sham marriage with Mr Akinseye at Burnley. After
her case was adjourned last year for further
investigations, she was able to convince prosecutors
she did not go on to bigamously marry Mr Akinseye.

After making enquiries with the Nigerian High
Commission, her defence counsel Mark Stuart was
able to produce a divorce certificate to prove that
Evans’ first marriage had been annulled.
Prosecutor Neil Bisarya 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.
Judge Narayan formally entered a not guilty verdict
on the bigamy offence and allowed the second sham
marriage charge for Mr Akinseye to lie on the court
file. The former Accrington and Rossendale College
and Fearns High student now faces being sentenced
next month on the one sham marriage charge.

The court was not told of the whereabouts of
Kolade, or whether he has now been removed from
the UK. At the time of his arrest he faced deportation
as his temporary visa had expired. Requesting a pre-
sentence report for Evans, Mr Stuart said: ' The
defendant is a lady of good character.'
Only last year a senior Government official warned
that sham marriages are a 'massive loophole' in

Britain's border controls and amount to a 'golden
ticket' into the country for immigrants. John Vine,
the chief inspector of Borders and Immigration,
highlighted serious failings in the way officials are
attempting to combat bogus marriages.

His report found evidence it could be a 'growing
problem', but intelligence on the true picture was

'lagging behind'.

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