A bogus bride was caught out because she 'flinched' when her phoney husband-to-be touched her knee in a register office. Emilia Ginova, 22, was jailed today for posing as a blushing bride ready to walk up the aisle with her groom.
But a court heard Ginova had only first seen Nigerian student Louis Esene on the day of the service - and was being paid £3,000 to take part in the sham marriage. She was caught out by an eagle-eyed registrar who spotted her shocked reaction when Esene, 28, reached out to touch her leg.
Registration officer Donna Davies said: 'The groom tried to touch the bride’s knee but she looked very uncomfortable. She flinched and there was no interaction at all. I knew it was a scam.'
The marriage was stopped - and the pair were both arrested at the register office in Pontypridd, South Wales.