Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

'Marriage sham' pair disagree on stories

A Pakistani man arrested as he was about to get married in Belfast gave conflicting accounts on how long he had known his bride-to-be, the High Court has heard.

Kashif Ali (22) was detained along with a Slovakian woman (22) and their best man (39) when police disrupted a suspected sham marriage at the City Hall registry office.

All three of them were said to have travelled over from Scotland a day before the ceremony was due to take place in August.

The court heard there were significant differences in the accounts given by the suspects.

The prosecution said: “He said he had been in a relationship with the intended bride for six months and had cohabited from February.

“The proposed bride said they had been in a relationship for 18 months and had lived together in Athlone for the last 12 months.”

Ali, with an address at Levernbridge Way, Glasgow, faces a charge of illegally trying to remain in the UK by deception.

The accused, who was refused bail, was said to have arrived in the UK last December on a student visa.

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