CON­VIC­TION QUASHED

Driv­ing in­struc­tor wins ap­peal against con­vic­tion for treat­ment of bride:

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Steve Bag­nall and Jez Hem­ming

AN An­gle­sey driv­ing in­struc­tor who was sen­tenced to 18 weeks in jail for con­trol­ling his younger Pak­istani bride had the con­vic­tion quashed.

Tan­veer Ghani, 58, of Caergeil­iog, said the last year had “been a night­mare” and he was hav­ing to start over again.

He was locked up in May this year for con­trol­ling and co­er­cive be­hav­iour over bride Farzana Kauser, 20 years his ju­nior.

Mr Ghani chal­lenged the con­vic­tion and Judge Ni­clas Parry up­held his ap­peal at Mold Crown Court.

Af­ter hear­ing the ev­i­dence, the judge said Mr Ghani could not have known the ef­fect his be­hav­iour was hav­ing on his bride.

Speak­ing af­ter the de­ci­sion, Mr Ghani said: “The last 12 months have been a night­mare.

“I have lost every­thing. I’ve got to start all over again.”

His bar­ris­ter Em­ber Wong said her client, who was lonely af­ter his pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship broke down, be­lieved he had been used so Mrs Kauser could gain UK res­i­dency.

The orig­i­nal trial at a court in Llan­dudno in March this year heard they mar­ried in 2015 in Pak­istan. But she did not come to Bri­tain un­til the sum­mer of last year be­cause of visa de­lays.

She spent only three months at his home be­fore mov­ing in with rel­a­tives.

Ghani’s for­mer part­ner had left him af­ter 30 years and his sis­ter-in-law per­suaded him to re­marry.

He said he was ini­tially not keen, pre­fer­ring a Western wife but, af­ter Mrs Kauser sent him text mes­sages, he re­lented.

The cou­ple’s first meet­ing was at their mar­riage in Pak­istan in 2015. She fi­nally ob­tained a “spousal” visa to come to the UK last July.

Tan­veer Ghani’s con­vic­tion was quashed in Mold Crown Court

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