A BRIDE and groom who took part in a sham marriage at Sheffield Town Hall were seen removing their wedding rings just minutes after the end of the ceremony, a court heard.
Slovakian Marcela Tancosova, aged 35, was jailed for 12 months by a judge at Sheffield Crown Court - but her ‘groom’, Pakistani national Choudry Camwell, has never been caught.
The court heard Tancosova agreed to take part after she was approached by ‘fixer’ Sajid Mehmood, who offered her cash.
Mehmood, of Cresswell Road, Darnall, has already served a 15-month jail term for fixing up two other sham weddings.
He was given a community order and told to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.
Sarah Wright, prosecuting, said the wedding took place at Sheffield register office in June 2010.
She said Mehmood acted as an interpreter during the ceremony and then signed the register in a false name.
“Obviously the bride, being a Slovakian national, was an EU citizen and had the right to remain in the UK,” Ms Wright said.
“The groom, Cranwell, was a Pakistani national who had no right to remain in the UK.
“He had entered on a visitors’ visa in October 2007 for six months and he was an overstayer.
“Clearly this was a sham marriage with the sole aim of allowing him to remain in the country.” She added: “A DVD showed them taking their rings off and giving them to Sajid Mehmood immediately after the wedding.”
Miss Wright said Tancosova, of Blythe Avenue, Bradford, was already married but signed a declaration stating she was free to marry.
Sentencing the pair, Judge Peter Kelson QC told Mehmood and Tancosova: “The evil behind these offences is the flouting of immigration laws and it has got to stop.”