Family convicted of kidnapping woman in marriage row
Published: 12th Jun 2012 22:05:00
The mother, brother and brother-in-law of a Bradford woman have been convicted of drugging and kidnapping her in a row over marriage.
Naila Afsar, 23, fled her family home in 2009 to avoid being forced into marrying her cousin.
Preston Crown Court heard she married another man in secret, but when she met her family they tried to kidnap her.
Shamim Akhtar and Shamrez Khan, from Bradford and Zahid Mahmood, from Accrington, were remanded in custody.
All three are due to appear before Burnley Crown Court for sentencing on 10 July.
Mother Mrs Akhtar, 56, of Kirkwall Drive, Bradford, was found guilty of false imprisonment, kidnap and two counts of administering a drug with intent to commit an indictable offence.
Brother Shamrez Khan, 32, Moore Avenue, Bradford, and brother-in-law Zahid Mahmood, 34, of Empress Street, Accrington, pleaded guilty last week to false imprisonment, kidnap and two counts of administering a drug with intent to commit an indictable offence.
Father Mohammed Khan, 57 of Scotchman Road, Bradford, and sister Saima Mahmood, 29, of Empress Street, Accrington, were cleared of the same charges.
The court heard how Ms Afsar left her home in Bradford to avoid being forced into an arranged marriage and moved to Newcastle, where she met and married another man.
Soon afterwards, she visited her parents with her husband in the hope of a reconciliation, but were told to divorce.
In January 2010, her family contacted her and persuaded her to visit her sister and brother-in-law's home in Accrington.
Two days later, she was given a milky drink laced with a sedative, causing her to become nauseous and drowsy, and was bundled into a car with the intention of being taken back to Bradford.
Concerned for her safety, her husband called police later that day and she was found in the car at a petrol station in Rossendale.
She was taken to hospital and the defendants were arrested later that day.
Det Insp Mark Vaughton from Lancashire Constabulary said: "This has been a long and complicated enquiry which has involved a number of members of the same family.
"It has been particularly traumatic for the victim who has been forced into hiding to escape abuse from her family.
"It has been a horrendous ordeal for the young woman who has been treated in the most dreadful way by the people who were supposed to protect and care for her.
"She has shown immense courage in coming forward and officers have been supporting her throughout the investigation."
Police are urging anyone who may be suffering in similar circumstances to come forward and contact them.
At 00:01:17 in BusinessThe UK has edged up the global rankings in a major annual economic survey by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
At 23:56:35 in HeadlinesTwo US men who spent three decades in prison for rape and murder, one of them on death row, have been released after DNA evidence proved their innocence.
At 23:19:39 in Sport
At 22:55:30 in SportManager Gordon Strachan admits Scotland are in a battle for second spot as they prepare to kick off their campaign to reach the 2016 European Championships.
At 22:40:28 in HeadlinesA British hostage is among those being held by Islamic State militants, Number 10 has confirmed.
At 22:22:11 in SportOlympic track cycling champion Laura Trott has left the Wiggle-Honda road racing team and signed for British outfit Matrix Fitness Vulpine.
At 22:21:45 in SportChampions Cliftonville surrendered top spot in the Irish Premiership as a result of being by Linfield.
At 21:57:38 in SportGael Monfils dug deep to beat seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov and reach the US Open quarter-finals.
At 21:49:53 in SportBallymena bounced back from Friday's defeat at Glenavon by narrowly beating Institute at the Showgrounds.
At 21:45:54 in SportRoss County chairman Roy MacGregor says Patrick Kluivert remains in contention to become the Staggies' new manager.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Family convicted of kidnapping woman in marriage row [Online] (Updated 12th Jun 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1434196/Family-convicted-of-kidnapping-woman-in-marriage-row [Accessed 3rd Sep 2014]
News In Other Categories
Apple has confirmed that some celebrities' iCloud accounts were broken into, but says it has found no evidence that this was caused by a breach of its security systems.
A man has been found guilty of bombarding a Labour MP with abusive messages on Twitter after she supported a feminist campaign.
Up to 500 management jobs are at risk at BAE Systems in Lancashire, the BBC understands.
There will be no prosecutions over complaints about the performance of a folk band at the Ardoyne Fleadh last month.