Why Mustafa Bashir was finally jailed for attacking his wife.
Mustafa Bashir, 34 admitted to a violent attack on his wife with a cricket bat and forcing her to drink bleach however during the trial, he misled the court and a judge. As a result, he has been jailed after a judge reviewed because the court was “misled” over a cricket contract.
Mustafa Bashir, 34, was spared a custodial term in March as a judge heard he would lose out on a cricket contract with Leicestershire.
Judge Richard Mansell QC, reviewing the sentence at Manchester Crown Court, said he was “fundamentally misled”.
He sentenced Bashir to 18 months.
‘Extremely emotional Bashir’
Bashir, who has played cricket for Oldham and Bolton, denied telling his barrister at the last hearing that he was about to sign the contract with Leicestershire.
He claimed he “wasn’t listening” to his barrister’s comments, was “extremely emotional” and there were a “series of misunderstandings”.
Judge Mansell rejected Bashir’s claims, saying: “You were clearly making a claim to court you had professional cricket contract.”
After the last hearing, Leicestershire CCC accused Bashir of “inventing” the job offer “in order, it would seem, to evade a prison sentence”.
The club later contacted the Crown Prosecution Service to deny any contact with Bashir.
But the court heard the club accepted he may have taken part in an open nets session.
Mustafa Bashir, 34, of Hebers Court, Middleton, Greater Manchester, earlier admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault by beating, destroying or damaging property and using a destructive substance with intent to maim.