Cricket bat wife beater Mustafa Bashir jailed for 18 months

The ruling was reviewed after the Leicestershire County Club denied it had made any offer to Bashir, 34, who assaulted his wife Fakhara Karim.

Leicestershire County Cricket Club said they welcome the news that a man, who was perviously spared a prison sentence for domestic violence after a court was told he would lose an offer to play for the professional cricket club if he was jailed, is now behind bars.

Judge Richard Mansell QC, reviewing Bashir's sentence, said that he had been "fundamentally misled" after the club later issued a statement saying the claim was "wholly false".

Bashir had last month given the court a letter from a sports agent claiming he "had a very bright future ahead" with Leicestershire.

A Pakistani husband initially spared prison after telling a court he could lose the offer of a contract with an English county cricket club was jailed for 18 months on Friday.

The club had contacted the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to deny any contact with the cricketer.

"You made that quite clearly in the hope you would avoid a prison sentence".

The court had heard how Bashir and his wife met in their native Pakistan and married in 2013, but he controlled her and how she spent her money.

Manchester-based Mustafa Bashir had earlier admitted two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm after the court was told he beat Karim with a cricket bat, throttled her in public and also forced her to drink bleach.

Bashir had produced a letter, purportedly from his agent, to back his claim, so the judge gave him a suspended sentence.

Judge Mansell ordered the case back to court under the "Slip rule" which allows judges to re-sentence if new information comes to light.

Mustafa Bashir, 33, told his barrister he was offered a contract by a county cricket on the condition he did not go to prison shortly before he was arrested.

Mansell was heavily criticised by domestic abuse campaigners following the initial sentencing in March, when he said Karim was not vulnerable because she was "an intelligent woman with a network of friends" and a university degree.

The judge said Bashir could face further investigation and criminal proceedings for perverting the course of justice.

Bashir was also given a restraining order not to approach his wife.

"Your vulnerability and your risk is a completely dynamic thing", she said.

Leicestershire said it welcomed the new sentence and was "happy to have played its part in bringing Bashir's invention to the attention of the court".

  • Julie Sanders