Family of Poison

Family of Poison

A man and his parents have been jailed after a court heard his wife was forced to take medication and doused with a corrosive substance.

Asgar Sheikh, 31, was jailed for seven years and nine months at Leeds Crown Court along with his father, Khalid, 55, and mother, Shabnam, 52.

All three were found guilty of allowing a vulnerable adult to suffer physical harm after a trial last year.

Ambreen Fatima Sheikh suffered life-limiting injuries due to their abuse.

The court heard Ms Sheikh was “tricked or forced” into taking the anti-diabetes drug glimepiride, which induced catastrophic brain injury, in 2015 after she was brought to the UK from Pakistan following a 2014 arranged marriage.

She was also doused in a caustic substance, thought to be a cleaning fluid, at the family’s home in Clara Steet, Huddersfield, in the days prior to her hospital admission in August 2015.

None of the family gave evidence in court and the judge said she could not say for sure when the abuse began.

Now 39, her injuries have left her in a persistent vegetative state from which she will never recover, the court heard (BBC/World)

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