Brother of Harry Potter actress jailed for beating her up

Saturday, January 22, 2011

LONDON - The brother of Harry Potter actress Afshan Azad has been locked up for six months for beating her up.

Ashraf Azad has been jailed after setting upon his sister Afshan having discovered she was involved in a relationship with a non-Muslim man, reports the Daily Mail.

Manchester Crown Court heard he left his younger sister bruised and swollen after grabbing her by the hair, throwing her across a room and punching her in the head and back as she cowered on the floor of the family home.

Actress Afshan, 22, played Padma Patil, a classmate of the young wizard at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Her married brother Azad, 28, pleaded guilty in December to assaulting her at the family home.

Azad was handed the six-month sentence at Manchester Crown Court despite a plea from his sister for leniency.

The actress wrote a letter to Judge Roger Thomas QC asking for her brother not to be locked up and saying that she had forgiven him.

The court heard that Azad has never supported the prosecution despite giving police an initial statement.

But Judge Thomas said it was a “prolonged and nasty attack”, adding that domestic violence in the home could not be tolerated.

He called Azad’s assault an “ill-tempered attempt to dissuade her from continuing the relationship”. (ANI)

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