Pair jailed for sham marriage

A CZECH man living in Newport married a Nigerian woman at the city’s register office in a “sham” union.

Robert Horvath, 35, of Commercial Road, Pill, Newport, and Uzoma Onwuha, 25, in a detention centre in London since January, were both jailed for 12 months by Judge Philip Richards.

Horvath had earlier pleaded guilty to assisting an unlawful immigrant to maintain their stay in the UK, and Onwuha to obtaining leave to enter or remain in the UK by deception. She faces deportation on release. Both must pay £225 costs.

Cardiff Crown Court was told Horvath received £1,000 for the marriage, intended to enable Onwuha to remain in the UK.

Her study visa was curtailed by the Home Office in late 2011 as she had ceased her studies at York. No appeal having been lodged, she was detained last January awaiting deportation.

She married Horvath, on June 17 last year. They gave notice of their intentions the previous month, when, said prosecuting counsel Martin Kelly, “it was noticed there was little interaction between them.”

Last November, police went to the supposed marital home in Cyril Street, Newport to establish the circumstances. “She was not living there but Robert Horvath was, with another Czech lady,” said Mr Kelly.

“He maintained the marriage was genuine but that she had left him as they had argued. He then admitted he had been paid £1,000 to marry her, after being approached by another man.”

John Meirion Davies, for Onwuha, said she had completed her studies, but not at York, graduating last November.

“She is deeply depressed and upset by the whole matter,” he said.

Abdul Shakoor, for Horvath, said the latter had been in UK since 2000, and had always worked, but had been laid off by Avana Bakeries when approached about the marriage.“He fully admits he has done wrong and would not go down that route again,” said Mr Shakoor.

Judge Richards told Horvath he was “greedy”, obtaining financial reward “from a woman who probably could scarcely afford that money.”

He told Onwuha: “You lost that money but were seeking by deception to gain advantage by evidently seeking a firmer base in the UK.”

He added: “There is enough criminal activity going on in the UK without this additional form, which is a money-making racket at its root, and causes a lot of pain to individuals who become involved with it.”

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8:58am Wed 11 Jun 14

jimmysmith says...

this country is a joke now .even the justice system
this country is a joke now .even the justice system jimmysmith
  • Score: 10

9:04am Wed 11 Jun 14

Jonnytrouble says...

Brilliant ! so being a Tax payer I and all tax payers have to pay for these
' Foreign ' people in OUR jails !
Wish the Judge made them do Community service and clean the Dog S**t from the dirty streets around Newport then send them packing after doing there time !
Another vote for UKIP
Brilliant ! so being a Tax payer I and all tax payers have to pay for these ' Foreign ' people in OUR jails ! Wish the Judge made them do Community service and clean the Dog S**t from the dirty streets around Newport then send them packing after doing there time ! Another vote for UKIP Jonnytrouble
  • Score: 14

9:15am Wed 11 Jun 14

-trigg- says...

So a Nigerian woman enters into an arranged married with a Czech citizen in order to avoid deportation from the UK.

Yet another benefit of continued EU membership and Shengen- sham marriages don't even have to involve anyone from Britain any more.
So a Nigerian woman enters into an arranged married with a Czech citizen in order to avoid deportation from the UK. Yet another benefit of continued EU membership and Shengen- sham marriages don't even have to involve anyone from Britain any more. -trigg-
  • Score: 12

9:25am Wed 11 Jun 14

DDDog1 says...

You couldn't make it up could you?
Time the Tories and labour were ousted and ukip stood in.
You couldn't make it up could you? Time the Tories and labour were ousted and ukip stood in. DDDog1
  • Score: 10

10:49am Wed 11 Jun 14

jimmysmith says...

Jonnytrouble wrote:
Brilliant ! so being a Tax payer I and all tax payers have to pay for these
' Foreign ' people in OUR jails !
Wish the Judge made them do Community service and clean the Dog S**t from the dirty streets around Newport then send them packing after doing there time !
Another vote for UKIP
why not just put em on a plane and send em back where they came from .finger print em first and keep it on record .theres no chance of them coming back through customs then ..the SPECIALIST immigration lawyers would have a field day at the tax payers expense screaming the human rights bull c r a p had been broken if they were made to clean any mess up .And dont mention voting ukip or you might be branded a racist instead of a realist
[quote][p][bold]Jonnytrouble[/bold] wrote: Brilliant ! so being a Tax payer I and all tax payers have to pay for these ' Foreign ' people in OUR jails ! Wish the Judge made them do Community service and clean the Dog S**t from the dirty streets around Newport then send them packing after doing there time ! Another vote for UKIP[/p][/quote]why not just put em on a plane and send em back where they came from .finger print em first and keep it on record .theres no chance of them coming back through customs then ..the SPECIALIST immigration lawyers would have a field day at the tax payers expense screaming the human rights bull c r a p had been broken if they were made to clean any mess up .And dont mention voting ukip or you might be branded a racist instead of a realist jimmysmith
  • Score: 9

11:40am Wed 11 Jun 14

westsi1983 says...

Wow what a surprise. Hundreds if not thousands of these marriages happen every year, and the only one that gets a headline is one involving an EU migrant as the person conferring the right of residence to the illegal. Firstly, as this bloke had been resident, and working, for over 5 years, he is now entitled to full UK residence, irrespective of his country of origin. Not an EU rule, thats a UK specific rule.
Secondly, the sentence is a joke. Why jail the illegal party, just send them back, with a record of identity (fingerprint, DNA, Iris scan etc.) and an exclusion from entering the UK or commonwealth for 20 years...
As for the person who agrees to enter the sham marriage to help the illegal, well if they love the person enough to marry them, then they can accompany them back to the country of the illegal and live in matrimony there... And that would be irrespective of where the person helping the illegal comes from.
They can both then pay their repatriation costs, investigations costs and court costs on the way out.
Wow what a surprise. Hundreds if not thousands of these marriages happen every year, and the only one that gets a headline is one involving an EU migrant as the person conferring the right of residence to the illegal. Firstly, as this bloke had been resident, and working, for over 5 years, he is now entitled to full UK residence, irrespective of his country of origin. Not an EU rule, thats a UK specific rule. Secondly, the sentence is a joke. Why jail the illegal party, just send them back, with a record of identity (fingerprint, DNA, Iris scan etc.) and an exclusion from entering the UK or commonwealth for 20 years... As for the person who agrees to enter the sham marriage to help the illegal, well if they love the person enough to marry them, then they can accompany them back to the country of the illegal and live in matrimony there... And that would be irrespective of where the person helping the illegal comes from. They can both then pay their repatriation costs, investigations costs and court costs on the way out. westsi1983
  • Score: 4

11:57am Wed 11 Jun 14

Lastpost says...

I do feel sorry for people who will risk anything to remain in this country. But with the UK being a soft touch who can blame them.

It's about time someone told them they are a guest in our country. It should be one strike and you're out the following day. If they want to appeal then they do it from back in their own country. Why do all of these illegal immigrants have to lounge around in UK detention centres at our expense when our own OAPs are having their care & services cut?
I do feel sorry for people who will risk anything to remain in this country. But with the UK being a soft touch who can blame them. It's about time someone told them they are a guest in our country. It should be one strike and you're out the following day. If they want to appeal then they do it from back in their own country. Why do all of these illegal immigrants have to lounge around in UK detention centres at our expense when our own OAPs are having their care & services cut? Lastpost
  • Score: 4

7:33pm Wed 11 Jun 14

GogExile says...

westsi1983 wrote:
Wow what a surprise. Hundreds if not thousands of these marriages happen every year, and the only one that gets a headline is one involving an EU migrant as the person conferring the right of residence to the illegal. Firstly, as this bloke had been resident, and working, for over 5 years, he is now entitled to full UK residence, irrespective of his country of origin. Not an EU rule, thats a UK specific rule.
Secondly, the sentence is a joke. Why jail the illegal party, just send them back, with a record of identity (fingerprint, DNA, Iris scan etc.) and an exclusion from entering the UK or commonwealth for 20 years...
As for the person who agrees to enter the sham marriage to help the illegal, well if they love the person enough to marry them, then they can accompany them back to the country of the illegal and live in matrimony there... And that would be irrespective of where the person helping the illegal comes from.
They can both then pay their repatriation costs, investigations costs and court costs on the way out.
Send the Nigerian lady back and refuse entry to the UK or commonwealth? Bit hard when Nigeria is part of the commonwealth.
[quote][p][bold]westsi1983[/bold] wrote: Wow what a surprise. Hundreds if not thousands of these marriages happen every year, and the only one that gets a headline is one involving an EU migrant as the person conferring the right of residence to the illegal. Firstly, as this bloke had been resident, and working, for over 5 years, he is now entitled to full UK residence, irrespective of his country of origin. Not an EU rule, thats a UK specific rule. Secondly, the sentence is a joke. Why jail the illegal party, just send them back, with a record of identity (fingerprint, DNA, Iris scan etc.) and an exclusion from entering the UK or commonwealth for 20 years... As for the person who agrees to enter the sham marriage to help the illegal, well if they love the person enough to marry them, then they can accompany them back to the country of the illegal and live in matrimony there... And that would be irrespective of where the person helping the illegal comes from. They can both then pay their repatriation costs, investigations costs and court costs on the way out.[/p][/quote]Send the Nigerian lady back and refuse entry to the UK or commonwealth? Bit hard when Nigeria is part of the commonwealth. GogExile
  • Score: -2

9:40pm Wed 11 Jun 14

smartie40 says...

Return the fraudsters back to there own countries and stop bleeding ours dry!!
they will probably be educated in prison for free and maybe a house and job when they get out. You wouldn't get a bean in there poverty stricken countries this country is a joke !! WAKE UP BRITAIN!!
Return the fraudsters back to there own countries and stop bleeding ours dry!! they will probably be educated in prison for free and maybe a house and job when they get out. You wouldn't get a bean in there poverty stricken countries this country is a joke !! WAKE UP BRITAIN!! smartie40
  • Score: 5

10:53pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Independentvoter says...

smartie40 wrote:
Return the fraudsters back to there own countries and stop bleeding ours dry!!
they will probably be educated in prison for free and maybe a house and job when they get out. You wouldn't get a bean in there poverty stricken countries this country is a joke !! WAKE UP BRITAIN!!
There seems to be a lot of people bleeding our country dry and many if not millions of scroungers are not immigrants !

At least ukip are planning to stop Housing benefit and child benefit scroungers whether you are British or not ! Vote ukip !
[quote][p][bold]smartie40[/bold] wrote: Return the fraudsters back to there own countries and stop bleeding ours dry!! they will probably be educated in prison for free and maybe a house and job when they get out. You wouldn't get a bean in there poverty stricken countries this country is a joke !! WAKE UP BRITAIN!![/p][/quote]There seems to be a lot of people bleeding our country dry and many if not millions of scroungers are not immigrants ! At least ukip are planning to stop Housing benefit and child benefit scroungers whether you are British or not ! Vote ukip ! Independentvoter
  • Score: 3

11:21pm Wed 11 Jun 14

displayed says...

She is deeply depressed and upset by the whole matter,” he said.

Of corse she, cos she got caught, all that ,money and its wasted, tho she got to stay in the uk as a visitor in HMPS................
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She is deeply depressed and upset by the whole matter,” he said. Of corse she, cos she got caught, all that ,money and its wasted, tho she got to stay in the uk as a visitor in HMPS................ ........ displayed
  • Score: 2

4:09am Thu 12 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

Wow what a surprise. Hundreds if not thousands of these marriages happen every year, and the only one that gets a headline is one involving an EU migrant as the person conferring the right of residence to the illegal. Firstly, as this bloke had been resident, and working, for over 5 years, he is now entitled to full UK residence, irrespective of his country of origin. Not an EU rule, thats a UK specific rule"
But he was only able to do the 5 years in our country because of the EU rights of residence, wasn't he? The sham marriages USUALLY involve Eastern Europeans and Africans, a very powerful argument for leaving the failed Berlin-Paris Axis.
Wow what a surprise. Hundreds if not thousands of these marriages happen every year, and the only one that gets a headline is one involving an EU migrant as the person conferring the right of residence to the illegal. Firstly, as this bloke had been resident, and working, for over 5 years, he is now entitled to full UK residence, irrespective of his country of origin. Not an EU rule, thats a UK specific rule" But he was only able to do the 5 years in our country because of the EU rights of residence, wasn't he? The sham marriages USUALLY involve Eastern Europeans and Africans, a very powerful argument for leaving the failed Berlin-Paris Axis. Dai Rear
  • Score: 1

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