- Cecilia Siaw, a 45-year-old Ghanian national, posed in a police mugshot while wearing her wedding dress and finest jewelry
- Siaw, who was due to marry her German fiancé at Portsmouth Register Office in Hants, was taken away from the ceremony and will now serve six months jail time
- Home Office officials arrested Siaw over immigration offenses
PORTSMOUTH, England – A bride ended up posing for a different photo, as she was arrested by police officers just a few moments before her wedding ceremony.
Vicky Smith mentioned in her article for Mirror Co UK that 45-year-old Cecilia Siaw, a Ghanian national, posed in a police mugshot while wearing her wedding dress and finest jewelry as officials from Home Office arrested her over immigration offenses.
Siaw, who was due to marry her German fiancé at Portsmouth Register Office in Hants, was taken away from the ceremony and will now serve six months jail time.
Portsmouth crown court heard Siaw’s case, who was said to have overstayed her leave, in order to remain in the UK and bought a dodgy identity document.
The court revealed that Siaw, who is a qualified teacher, entered the United Kingdom legally in 2009. However, the Home Office refused to extend her leave to remain in 2013. Siaw is finishing her master’s degree and is currently enrolled at the University of Portsmouth.
An article by Express said that Siaw paid £5,000 to a man she didn’t know on a train for a “leave to remain” identity document which was originally registered to an Indian man.
Siaw claimed that the man who sold her the document told her that he works for the Home Office. She was exposed when she used the fake document at work, as the Home Office were able to spot the discrepancy and swooped in to arrest her on June 22.
“At interview she claimed she bought the document from a man on a train in circumstances which must have alerted her to the document being either false or improperly obtained,” said Prosecutor James Kellam.
“I say that because the man from whom she bought the document, she says, claimed to work for the Home Office and the defendant said she paid £5,000 for a leave to remain document,” he added.
Siaw admitted one count of possession of an identity document with improper intention and one count of knowingly remaining in the UK beyond the time limited by leave to remain. She was sentenced to six months in prison by Judge Roger Hetherington.
“I have no alternative but to impose an immediate prison sentence,” Hetherington said.