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Yasir Arfat jailed for stabbing estranged wife in Glasgow

A man who repeatedly stabbed his estranged wife during an argument has been jailed for six years.

Yasir Arfat, 54, attacked Annah Mohammad with a knife at a house in Kinning Park, Glasgow, in January 2013.

He was charged with attempted murder but convicted of assault to severe injury and danger of life.

A jury at the High Court in Glasgow found Arfat guilty of the lesser charge after hearing he suffers from post traumatic stress disorder.

Arfat had pleaded guilty to the lesser charge but this was rejected by the Crown before the jury convicted him.

'Bad thing'

Judge Lord McEwan told Arfat he would have been jailed for eight years had he not pleaded guilty.

Defence counsel Sarah Livingstone, representing Arfat, said: "He accepts what he did was a very bad thing, but he is not a bad man. He had an unblemished character until the night of this incident.

"The complainer had left her husband six months earlier. He wanted to take their children to Pakistan to see his father and she would not allow that.

"The evidence at the trial, which must have been accepted by the jury given their verdict, was that she presented a knife at him and was shouting about killing herself and others.

"It beggars belief that he would have assaulted his wife had it not been for his depression, the fact his father was terminally ill in Pakistan and most importantly of all the attack by her.

"It was not his intention to attempt to murder her. After the incident he immediately called for help."

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