An abusive husband was freed by a judge after falsely claiming that a prison sentence would ruin his prospects as a county cricketer.
Mustafa Bashir, 34, was spared jail by judge Richard Mansell QC after lawyers claimed he had been offered a contract by Leicestershire, as long as he avoided jail.
But hours after he walked free from court, the county said it was “bemused”, and had never heard of Bashir...
Passing an 18-month jail term suspended for two years, Judge Mansell ordered Bashir to attend a behavioural workshop, pay £1,000 costs and banned him from contacting Ms Karim.
He told Bashir: “I am not convinced she was a vulnerable person. Sometimes women who moved here 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 here. 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.”
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It this kind of sentence typical for this kind of offence? Would it be different if a similar attack happened on the street?
Why does the victims vulnerability affect the sentence, and irrespective of whether or not it affected the sentence, was his false claim about the cricket contract perjury?