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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Man's wife left country hours after wedding ceremony

Mohammod Habib
Mohammod Habib

A BANGLADESHI man whose Hungarian wife flew out of Ireland within hours of their marriage provided false information to the civil register.

Mohammod Habib (35) gave a fake address in Dublin when he was applying to marry in the Civil Registration Office in Cavan, a court heard.

When subsequently questioned by detectives, Habib, who did not have permission to remain in the State at the time, claimed he was sub-letting a three-bed apartment at Parnell Square, Dublin 1, from a friend.

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However, Detective Brendan O'Somachain told Dublin District Court the address does not exist.

Finding him guilty of providing false or misleading information, a judge said he believed Habib had engaged in a "process of misinformation" and providing a false address was "a deliberate attempt to misrepresent himself at every level".

Judge Michael Coghlan fined Habib €1,500. He also ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in May.

Marriage solemniser AnnMarie McQuaid said the defendant and his Hungarian wife-to-be came into the Civil Registration Office in Cavan on January 7, 2014, and provided notification of their intention to marry.

She said the couple produced their passports, PPS numbers and birth certificates. She said Habib also produced a UPC bill as his proof of address, at Parnell Square. Their marriage took place on April 16, 2014.

The court heard Habib remains married to the Hungarian woman and as such retains a right to remain in the State.

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