It had earlier been reported that a Pakistani cricketer, who beat his wife with his bat, tried to strangle her, forced her to drink bleach then encouraged her to kill herself, has secured a position in a British club. Now it has been revealed that the reason why he was spared jail is because the judge decided that his wife was not a vulnerable person, therefore he did not pass the custody threshold.
At the Manchester Crown Court, Fakhara spoke of how her confidence was crushed by her jealous lover, who berated her for wearing westernised clothes and called her friends ‘English slag girls’.
Judge Mansell told Bashir: “This relationship started well but you began controlling her and how she spent her money. You told her how to spend her money and you tried to turn her against her family who you regularly insulted. She would buy clothes that were of a western style which you disapproved of and called her a slag and said her friends were ‘English slag girls’.”
“But I am not convinced she was a vulnerable person. Sometimes women who moved from their country become trapped in a relationship where they lose their support network of family and friends and cannot speak the language. This is not the case. She is plainly an intelligent woman with a network of friends and did go on to graduate university with a 2:1 and a masters – although this has had an ongoing effect on her. She had difficulty trusting people now, especially men.”