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Couple jailed for sham wedding at Gloucester Register Office

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 06, 2012

Monika Mitrova and Abiodun Adescope

Monika Mitrova and Abiodun Adescope

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A SLOVAKIAN woman and Nigerian man were arrested as they were about to enter into a sham marriage.

Bride Monika Mitrova, 23, had already carried out one bogus marriage to a Bangladeshi man just six months earlier. The couple were arrested at Gloucester Register Office, at Shire Hall, on the day of their wedding, after she was paid £1,000 by her "groom".

Speaking after the case, Councillor Usman Bhaimia (L, Barton and Tredworth) said he believed the city's multiculturalism could have been a factor in the couple's decision to marry here.

"Gloucester is a very multicultural place and that is great, but sometimes people take undue advantage of that. It is down to the individual though, if there is some kind of loophole to exploit, they will often try and exploit it."

Yesterday, at Gloucester Crown Court, Mitrova was jailed for two years after admitting the conspiracy to wed Abiodun Adesope, having a fake Slovakian identity card and she asked the court to take into consideration a charge of attempted bigamy.

Because of the length of her sentence she will face deportation even though she is an EU national.

Adesope, 31, was jailed for a year after he also admitted conspiring to have a sham marriage. He will also be deported.

The court heard Adesope, of Bragg Road, Birmingham, came to the UK as a student on a three year visa in 2009. Mitrova, of Innox Gardens, Bristol, has been in the UK since December last year and had her first sham marriage in April.

Judge Jamie Tabor said the wedding was "a deliberate act designed to evade the immigration laws".

Prosecutor Lisa Hennessy told the court the couple visited the register office on September 4 to arrange the wedding. The UK Border Agency were informed and the pair were arrested on October 3 – the day of the planned wedding.

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  • zalapompadoo  |  November 06 2012, 6:36PM

    they should sent back AND not allowed to return she is probaly cashing in on our benefit system they all seem to cashing in on it send em back simples

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  • bonzaharris1  |  November 06 2012, 4:45PM

    Hubert1842, I recently broke tooth, and was told it would be about £2500 for an implant. She would need to rack up a few more sham marriages for a decent job !!

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  • Walker100  |  November 06 2012, 2:40PM

    I entirely agree that a Human Rights law has to exist........Right alongside a Human Responsibilities law. If you don't follow the latter you don't get the former. Simple.

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  • Takeaway22  |  November 06 2012, 12:05PM

    As with the other comments, well said IsitJimKerr. In addition, they should be made to apy for their flights too when deported.

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  • chr1582  |  November 06 2012, 11:47AM

    well said Jim!! Can't understand why this country is so bothered about human rights?? What about the rights of honest law abiding citizens of this country who have to pay for these dirty scumbags! I'm all for immigration in this country but it's got to be more like Australia where we take in people with a trade or someone who can contribute to our government and the economy. No trade or money then sod off!

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  • Dr_Hfrrrrr  |  November 06 2012, 11:26AM

    Hubert I think she must have spent it all on tweezers and eyebrow pencils.

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  • Hubert1841  |  November 06 2012, 11:09AM

    You think with the money she's earning, she'd get her teeth fixed.

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  • angel67  |  November 06 2012, 9:14AM

    Well said IsitJim Kerr, could not of said it better myself .. this country is way too soft ......

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  November 06 2012, 9:00AM

    Speaking after the case, Councillor Usman Bhaimia (L, Barton and Tredworth) said he believed the city's multiculturalism could have been a factor in the couple's decision to marry here. "Gloucester is a very multicultural place and that is great, but sometimes people take undue advantage of that. It is down to the individual though, if there is some kind of loophole to exploit, they will often try and exploit it." So, it's OUR fault that illegals try and break OUR laws? Unbelievable. Our immigration laws are being abused by so called students. They come here, disappear for a couple of months, then re-appear claiming asylum, and their documents have all been stolen. There's a really simple way to stop this. Every person entering from non-EU country, for whatever reason, holiday, tuition, etc, HAS to have a blood test, and go on the DNA bank. Then when they re-appear later, they get checked again, and lo and behold, they came in a few months ago for a holiday! But also, instead of the Courts then saying they must be deported, and then let go onto the streets, they should be taken straight to the nearest airport that flys to their home, then wait there in a cell, and then taken aboard. If we got tough like Australia, there wouldn't be any of this p!ss taking!!

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