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Sham marriage planner is jailed

Alexander Success
Alexander Success had been arranging sham marriages

A man who arranged sham marriages to win Chinese and Nigerian immigrants legal status in Northern Ireland has been sentenced to four years in jail.

Alexander Success, 30, a Nigerian, from Waterfoot Park, Londonderry, pleaded guilty last year to seven charges of assisting entry to an EU state.

Blank marriage papers and diary details of 4,000 earnings for organising weddings were found at his Derry home.

A barrister said Success needed the money to pay his university fees.

An earlier hearing was told Success had brought local people in their 20s together with Chinese and Nigerian immigrants for arranged marriages so that they could remain in the country.

The judge at Belfast Crown Court also recommended Success for deportation.

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