Burnley woman admits sham marriage charge

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A Burnley women who was accused of bigamy has pleaded guilty to taking part in a sham marriage.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Emma-Louise Evans (34), of Huffling Lane, took part in a marriage with Kazeem Kolade in July 2012 to assist with a breach in immigration law by allowing him to stay in this country.

Evans was also accused of taking part in a bigamous marriage to Stephen Akinseye seven months later in January 2013. However the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to follow up the charge of bigamy after accepting Evans’ guilty plea for taking part in a sham marriage.

The court also heard that the Evans suffered from several physical and mental health issues.

The case was adjourned until sentencing and she was released on unconditional bail until December 9th.

Judge, Mr Recorder Narayan, said: “Please do not think the fact that you are receiving unconditional bail will have any affect on the sentence, which could be custodial.”