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Family members jailed for 'honour' kidnapping

(L-R) Shamim Akhtar, Shamrez Khan and Zahid Mahmood were all jailed Photo: ITV Granada

Three family members, who kidnapped and drugged a young woman in an honour-based crime, have today been jailed for a total of 12 years.

Naila Afsar was drugged and held captive after being told she'd dishonoured her family for refusing an arranged marriage.

Her mother, Shamim Akhtar was sentenced to four years after she was found guilty of false imprisonment, kidnap and two counts of administering a drug with intent to commit an indictable offence following a four week trial at Preston Crown Court.

Mother Shamim Akhtar Credit: Lancashire Police

Naila's brother, Shamrez Khan, was jailed for five years and brother-in-law Zahid Mahmood was given three years.

Both men pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, kidnap and two counts of administering a drug with intent to commit an indictable offence.

All three were sentenced at Burnley Crown Court this afternoon.

Naila's father Mohammed Khan and her sister Saima Mahmood were both found not guilty of all counts.

Naila Afsar, who was 23-years-old at the time of the offence, left her home in Bradford in 2009 to avoid being forced into a marriage to her cousin.

She subsequently met and married a man in Newcastle. Soon after their marriage, both her and her new husband visited her parents in the hope of reconciliation, but they were met with hostility and told to divorce.

In January 2010, she was persuaded to go to her sister’s house in Accrington. Two days later she was given a milky drink which had been laced with a sedatives, causing her to become nauseous and drowsy before being placed into a Toyota Estima car.

Police were alerted later that day when her husband raised concerns for her welfare and she was discovered in the car at Rising Bridge, Rossendale.

She was taken to hospital and the defendants were arrested later that day.

“This has been a very difficult and traumatic experience for the victim who was forced into hiding to escape abuse from members of her own family.

“She was treated in the most dreadful way by the people who were supposed to protect and care for her. She has shown a great deal of courage in coming forward and we will continue to offer her support for as long as she needs it.”

– Detective Inspector Mark Vaughton, Lancashire Constabulary