Grandmother jailed for drugging own daughter

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A grandmother has been jailed for four years for kidnapping and drugging her own daughter after she refused to marry the man her family wanted her to.

Mother-of-eight Shamim Akhtar, 59, was jailed with her son, Shamrez Khan, and her son-in-law, Zahid Mahmood, by a judge who heard that they abused Naila Afsar, then 23, out of "some misplaced sense of warped family honour".

Khan, 34, was given a five year sentence and Mahmood, 37, was jailed for four years at Burnley Crown Court today.

Sentencing Akhtar, Judge Simon Newell told her: "She's your youngest daughter and your role was to care for her, support her and look after her best interests.

"Instead you chose to control, drug and abuse her in the interests of the family reputation."

Akhtar, of Kirkwall Drive, Bradford, West Yorkshire was found guilty of kidnap, false imprisonment and two counts of administering a drug after a four-week trial at Preston Crown Court earlier this year.

Khan, of Moore Avenue, Bradford, and Mahmood, of Empress Street, Accrington, Lancashire, both pleaded guilty to the same offences part-way through the same trial.

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