We’re all guilty, say sham wedding four

A BRIDE faces jail alongside her groom and her parents after admitting their roles in a sham marriage plot.

Michaela Sivakova, 22, her mother Ruzena Sivakova, 41, and father Michal Sivak, 47, changed their pleas to guilty on the second day of their trial.

Her would-be husband Ijaz Khalid, 28, had already admitted his part in the conspiracy.

A court heard their wedding at Calderdale Register Office was raided by UK Border Agency officers and police after a tip-off by a suspicious registrar.

The Czech family and Khalid, a Pakistani national whose visa had expired, were arrested at the scene.

Rings that Khalid had bought just two days before were seized.

Mobile phones were taken from the four and the first text message linking the groom to the family was made just days before the wedding. It contained the bride’s bank details.

Her account number and sort code were also found on a piece of paper wrapped around a debit card in Ruzena’s handbag.

A locked suitcase was found in Khalid’s car containing a script with information about his would-be wife and an account of how they supposedly met.

The pair told police they got together in January after meeting in a coffee shop in Bradford.

Khalid went on to tell officers his wife-to-be lived with him in Watford and ran a cleaning business from their flat – but she told them she had never been there.

Further investigations revealed Michaela had been living with her boyfriend – the father of her 10-month-old baby – throughout her supposed romance with Khalid. It came to light when a benefits investigator called at her mother’s home in Spring Hall Place, Halifax, in March.

Ruzena told the investigator both her husband and Michaela lived at Lightowler Close, Halifax, and signed a witness statement to that effect.

Khalid had also applied for permission to marry another Czech woman, Bhomilu Stranksa, three months into his supposed courtship with Michaela.

The Czech family have been bailed until December 2 when they will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court.

Judge John Potter warned: “These are serious offences for which people are often sent to prison and each of the three of you must prepare yourself for that eventuality.”