Man convicted in Derry seeks revocation of deportation order

A man jailed for arranging sham marriages in Derry has launched a legal bid to avoid deportation to Nigeria.

32 year-old Alexander Success is seeking a judicial review of the decision to return him to his home country.

Mr Success, from Waterfoot Park in Derry, pleaded guilty in 2007 to organising bogus marriages at registry offices in the north west.

Local women were paid to marry Chinese and Nigerians so they could stay in Northern Ireland.

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

Success's lawyers told the High Court in Belfast that the deportation order should be revoked due to the family unit he has formed with a partner and son in Derry.

Mr Justice Weatherup said there were "conflicting issues" in the case and that there is a balance - whether you allow him to stay for family reasons or you deport him for his record.

Judgement was reserved until a later date.