No prison for sham marriage student

Northampton Crown Court

Northampton Crown Court

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A Corby student who was paid £4,000 to marry a Nigerian man so he could obtain a visa has avoided a prison sentence after a court was told she was “led into” the crime by others.

Jessica Nunes, 19, from West Glebe Road, married Oluwasegun Omoniyi at a ceremony in Aberdeen in August 2012. UK Border Agency investigators later became suspicious and Nunes was interviewed and admitted that the marriage was a sham.

At Northampton Crown Court on Monday, Recorder Sam Mainds said the crime damaged the institution of marriage. However, he accepted Nunes had been led astray and gave her a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months. She was ordered to pay costs of £350 and complete a 200-hour community punishment order.