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Judge Deems No Jail Time Needed For Pakistani Man That Forced Wife To Drink Bleach

Things should be pretty cut and dry when it comes to enforcing the law, but that’s not always the case. Things can turn out quite differently when they head to court, and there’s a number of different reasons for that. One of the most notable ways this gets demonstrated is by judges that deem things as open to interpretation based on their personal feelings.

For example, a man that viciously assaulted his own wife with a cricket bat and forced her to drink bleach would surely have to see jail time in any rational society, right? We’ve learned that’s not always the case. As America Now shares, Richard Mansell QC has decided that 34-year-old Mustafa Bashir should have a suspended sentence after admitting his guilt, which included his admission to dropping a chilling warning on his wife while delivering the assault.

"If I hit you with this bat with my full power then you would be dead," he said.

Reports indicate that Bashir beat his wife with a cricket bat, forced her to take tablets, poured bleach down her throat, and encouraged her to kill herself. So why would the judge allow this madman to essentially walk away? He hasn’t offered up clarity on that as of yet, but some of his commentary in the courtroom is setting off alarm bells.

"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,'” he said. “But I am not convinced she was a vulnerable person.”

What on earth does his wife’s vulnerability have to do with her being subjected to an assault that nearly killed her? Absolutely nothing, but Mansell wasn’t done rambling just yet.

“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,” he continued. “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."

Again, none of this has any bearing on the assault. He nearly killed his own wife, and he needs to be off the streets as a result. As part of his defense, Bashir’s attorney claimed his client had a contract in place to play cricket with a club, but the club has vehemently denied that claim.

"Leicestershire County Cricket Club are aware of stories that have been published this morning regarding Mustafa Bashir. The club are bemused by these stories,” a statement from the club read. “Any references to Mustafa Bashir signing or being approached to sign for Leicestershire County Cricket Club are completely false. The club have never spoken to Mustafa Bashir or an agent, nor offered a contract to the player."

Alright, so we have a man that has walked away essentially scot-free, a defense attorney that made false claims in court, and a clueless judge that is still allowed to have access to a gavel and a robe. Makes perfect sense.

Source: America Now
Photo: Cavendish Press

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