nathan_ntegeA VICAR who may have conducted the most sham marriages in UK history has appeared in court alongside his 79-year-old verger.

The Reverend Nathan Ntege, 53, is charged with 14 immigration offences relating to 492 marriages held over a 15-month period at the Church of St Jude’s and St Aiden’s in Thornton Heath.

UK Border officials are not yet certain how many of the marriages, conducted between December 2009 and March 2011, were valid.

Ntege appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday alongside Brian Miller, a verger at St Jude’s, who faces the same charges.

The pair spoke only to confirm their names and addresses before a new court date was set. Neither gave an indication of plea.

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