UK Sham Marriage is on the rise as some illegal immigrant look for every means to get a leave to remain permit. A Nigerian woman (Esther Ogunrinde) attended his husbands (Olukayode Olusanya) marriage to another woman (Zunica Sabina) and then adopted the bride’s identity to stay in the UK. The bride has been extradited from the Netherlands to the UK. She (Zunica Sabina) was consequently jailed along with her UK accomplices.
A sham UK sham marriage bride handed over to the UK from Holland following a bogus marriage to a Nigerian groom has been imprisoned after a UK Border Agency investigation.
Dutch ‘bride’ Zunica Sabina, 28, married Olukayode Olusanya, 34, at St John’s Church in Moston, Manchester, on the 23rd of September 2008 before flying straightaway to Amsterdam from Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport.
A few days ago, at Manchester Crown Court Sabina and Olusanya were sentenced alongside with Olusanya’s 30-year-old partner Esther Ogunrinde who acted as a witness in the fake marriage ceremony.
All 3 had earlier pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to facilitate a breach of immigration law.
Olusanya, and his spouse Ogunrinde, lived together with their 3 children in Dean Lane, Manchester. Following the marriage Ogunrinde used the identity card reported lost by Sabina in Holland to gain employment in the UK.
On the 2nd of June 2011, both Ogunrinde and Olusanya were arrested at their home address and during a search a purse containing bank cards, a national insurance card and a UK driving licence all in the name of Sabina was located. Also recovered in the house was the original Dutch ID card of Zunica Sabina that had earlier been reported to the Dutch police as missing.
On 11 August 2011 the Royal Marechaussee (Dutch) Police in Holland moved into the home address of Sabina and arrested her. She appeared before a Dutch Court and was ordered to be extradited to the UK following charges of supporting illegal immigration.
At Manchester Crown Court the sentences were as follows:
- Zunica Sabina received 16 months imprisonment
- Olukayode Olusanyu received 32 months imprisonment
- Esther Ogunrinde received 12 months suspended sentence with 180 hours of unpaid work.
According to Tim Berry from North West criminal and financial investigation (immigration) team in the North West,
‘Working in partnership with our colleagues in the Dutch Police force we have managed to pursue and bring to justice the offenders involved in this serious organised criminality.
‘The UK Border Agency is taking strong action to crack down on sham marriages nationwide. Our message could not be clearer, we will not tolerate immigration abuse and we will take decisive action against those involved – wherever they may hide.’
The UK Border Agency North West criminal and financial investigation (immigration) team is a specialist unit of seconded police officers working alongside warranted UK Border Agency officers to investigate organised immigration crime.
Anyone who has information about suspicious marriages or other forms of immigration abuse should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be assured.