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Husband who slashed pregnant wife jailed for five years

2014-10-13 17:14:10

Haroon Ashraf
Haroon Ashraf

A husband who slashed his pregnant wife with a Stanley knife because she hid his drugs stash has been jailed for five years.

Haroon Ashraf attacked his wife Neelam at their Bordesley Green home during a row over the missing cannabis.

In a separate assault days before the February 15 stabbing he sprayed her in the face with aftershave, throttled her and pulled her hair.

He was convicted of wounding with intent and assault by beating by a jury in August.

His Honour Judge Murray Creed said Ashraf, aged 24, now of Gilberthorpe Street, Rotherham, was a "selfish man" who was more concerned with his drugs than his wife and children.

He said: "I consider that you are a selfish man.

"Your wife, having heard her give evidence, acted in a compassionate and commendable way as far as you are concerned.

"She did not want you taking drugs in her presence or the presence of your son.

"You lost self control and lunged at her, she put her arm up to protect herself from the knife.

"You would have hit her in the face if she had not put her arm up."

During his trial, Ashraf tried to claim his wife had stabbed herself in a jealous rage over rumours he was having an affair.

Jurors were told Neelam found the bag of drugs on February 8 and stashed them away in a kitchen cupboard.

After demanding them back on February 10, Ashraf carried out a three hour assault on his pregnant wife during which he sprayed her in the face with aftershave.

Then, on the morning of February 15, following a night of drinking, he used the knife on his wife of three years after she still refused to hand back the drugs.

She fled their home and used a neighbours telephone to call her family and the police.

Ashraf was arrested in their back garden a short time later.

During the trial she said she never expected her husband could carry out such an attack.

Paul Mytton, defending, said Ashraf had not taken cannabis since the assault in February.

He added the dad-of-two had shown immediate remorse and had tried to dress Neelam’s wound with a nearby towel.

His Honour Judge Creed jailed Ashraf for five years for wounding and three months, to be serves concurrently, for assault by beating.

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