Vicar 'presided over a conveyor belt of sham marriages with 492 taking place in 15 months resulting in brides sharing dresses and changing in church garden'

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Vicar 'presided over a conveyor belt of sham marriages with 492 taking place in 15 months resulting in brides sharing dresses and changing in church garden'

Post  ALLAKAKA on Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:34 pm


  • 'Lynchpin' Rev Nathan Ntege pocketed £70,000 from weddings, jury told
  • Woman allegedly queued at the door of church and shared wedding gowns
  • Conspiracy allegedly involved church verger, secretary and a Bulgarian fixer
  • Authorities were suspicious when weddings went from six a year to six a day
  • All on trial deny charges linked to conspiracy to organise sham weddings

By Martin Robinson for MailOnline
Published: 13:21, 9 September 2014 | Updated: 19:39, 9 September 2014


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A vicar presided over a 'conveyor belt' of sham marriages where brides shared dresses and queued at the church door for up to nine weddings a day to spouses they had never met, a court heard today.

Reverend Nathan Ntege, 55, is said to have conducted 492 ceremonies over 15-months at St Jude's and St Aidan's in Thornton Heath, south London, pocketing £70,000 in the process.

Couples would wait their turn at the back of the church while brides changed into their wedding dresses in the garden, sometimes even sharing the same gown, the Inner London Crown Court was told.

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Vicar Nathan Ntege, left, from Uganda is charged with conducting almost 400 scam marriages at St Judes and St Aiden's church while Innocent Odoh, right, is in trial for two breaches of UK immigration law



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Angela Pilachie, left, came into Britain under a false marriage but was held after officers became suspicious of her circumstances, it is said. Meanwhile Galina Petkova, right, allegedly acted as a 'fixer' in marriage scams



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