A WOMAN who suggested her sister-in-law could not give evidence in a murder trial has pleaded guilty to attempted intimidation.
Sabrina Mamaniat’s husband Ibrahim Mahetar killed his brother, 31-year-old Naseer Mahetar, after he found out she was having an affair with him.
During Ibrahim Mahetar’s murder trial in January, Mamaniat approached Asma Daji, Naseer Mahetar’s wife and a key witness. She claimed she ‘inadvertently’ mentioned that she might not give evidence or attend court.
Ibrahim Mahetar, 35, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 16-and-a-half years following the week-long trial.
Leeds Crown Court heard that Mamaniat told Mrs Daji the press coverage of the trial would affect their children and people’s opinions of their family.
Prosecutor Christine Egerton said: “The defendant had had an affair with Mrs Daji’s husband.
“She told her it would all come out at the trial and to think of the children, and if it was her she would do anything she could to keep it away from court.”
Mamaniat, of School Crescent in Dewsbury Moor, was arrested 10 days later.
The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to attempted intimidation because she said she did not intend to intimidate the witness or prevent her from giving evidence.
Mamaniat’s lawyer, Jessica Heggie, said: “The defendant and complainant have both suffered a family tragedy.”
She was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment, suspended for a year, and was ordered to complete 90 hours of unpaid work.