Mustafa Bashir, 33, have beaten his wife with a cricket bat and forced her to drink bleach. Earlier he spared custody he would be employed as a professional player by Leicestershire County Cricket Club and was “about to sign the contract” when he was arrested for beating his wife.
But the club later said this claim was “wholly false”. Earlier he told to police officer that he has represented Pakistan at under-19s or that he played “semi-professional cricket for Leicestershire”.
The court heard there had been emails between Bashir and Leicestershire in 2014 and 2015 about net practice, but Lloyd Tennant, the scout for the club, could not remember seeing the defendant.
And Mr Tennant said he only scouted new players aged 16 to 24 – Bashir was 31 at the time.
Judge Mansell replied that this would mean his agent had “mis-typed” his letter and both probation officers and his lawyer at the earlier hearing had “got the wrong end of the stick”.
And he asked why Bashir did not “stick his hand up” in court when he knew false information was being given to him.
Mr Sastry replied: “He was not listening to everything that was being said. He was at that time extremely emotional.
The judge stressed he was not now re-sentencing him as a punishment for “lying to the court” but added: “You may well face investigation into whether you have committed quite separate offences of perverting the course of justice.”
Imposing the new sentence, the judge told him:
You were clearly making a claim to the court you had a career in professional cricket ahead of you which was false.
You made that quite clearly in the hope you would avoid a prison sentence.
There’s not a shred of evidence you were ever chosen to play for Leicestershire County Cricket Club, let alone you had received any offer of a full time contract.
– JUDGE MANSELL
Original News Source: ITV