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A Man Who Beat His Wife With A Cricket Bat Has Been Jailed After Misleading A Court

Mustafa Bashir, who forced his wife to drink bleach, was initially spared jail – but has now been sent to prison after it emerged he relied on misleading evidence.

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A man who escaped jail despite hitting his wife with a cricket bat and forcing her to drink bleach has been jailed for 18 months after a judge ruled he had relied on misleading evidence.

Mustafa Bashir, 34, from Manchester, was given an 18-month suspended jail term last month – he escaped a custodial sentence partly because his defence team mentioned in mitigation that he had been offered a professional contract with Leicestershire County Cricket Club.

However, the club said in a statement that this was entirely false and it had had no contact with Bashir, who plays for a local amateur club.

After being recalled to Manchester crown court under the so-called slip rule, which allows judges to amend sentences within 56 days, Bashir was told by judge Richard Mansell QC on Friday that he must serve the entirety of his sentence in prison.

Judge Mansell says he rejects Bashir's claims that a series of misunderstandings led to untrue information being given to court.

Judge says there was no misunderstanding. "you were clearly making a claim to court you had professional cricket contract "

Judge says "I was fundamentally misled by you." He imposes immediate 18 month jail sentence.

The judge said: "There was no misunderstanding here – you were clearly making a claim to the court that you had a career in professional cricket ahead of you that was false, in the hope you would avoid a prison sentence.

"I have no hesitation in varying the sentence and imposing immediate sentences of imprisonment, as I would had I known the true position. I am altering my sentence not to punish you, but because I was fundamentally misled by you."

Bashir's initial sentence had been criticised by domestic abuse charities for being too lenient.

During Bashir's earlier sentencing, the judge attracted controversy for saying that he didn't see the victim as a vulnerable person, but instead as "an intelligent woman with a network of friends".

Labour MP Jess Phillips, one of the politicians who criticised the original sentence, welcomed the judge's latest move.

Justice seems better served in case of Mustafa Bashir but need to be able to review these cases/change vulnerability understanding goes on

The Sentencing Council is currently consulting on changing its guidelines on domestic abuse crimes.

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Patrick Smith at patrick.smith@buzzfeed.com.

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