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Wednesday 19 December 2018

Potter star's brother jailed over brutal attack on her

The brother of Harry Potter actress Afshan Azad has been jailed for attacking his sister after discovering she was dating a non-Muslim.

Azad (22), who played Padma Patil, feared for her life during the three-hour ordeal.

She was punched, dragged around by her hair and strangled by her brother Ashraf Azad (28), who threatened to kill her after he found her talking on the phone to her Hindu boyfriend.

The assault occurred during a dispute at the family home in Longsight, Manchester, which also involved her mum and dad.

During the row she was branded a "slag" and a "prostitute" and told: "Marry a Muslim or you die!" Manchester Crown Court heard.

The actress, who now lives in London, had asked the court not to jail her older brother. But judge Roger Thomas sent him to prison for six months after he pleaded guilty to the assault.

"This persistent attack was accompanied by serious and very hurtful abuse and threats," the judge told the defendant.

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