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Wife abuser contrite as judge imposes prison term 'Deeply sorry' for violence in front of young daughter

Mohammed N. Aslam was sentenced Monday to one to three years in prison for repeatedly assaulting his estranged wife in front of their young daughter.

Jailed since his Jan. 4 guilty plea, Aslam, 33, of Amherst, told State Supreme Court Justice John F. O'Donnell that he is "truly, deeply sorry for what I have done." The victim and Aslam were wed in an arranged marriage in their native Pakistan, authorities said.

Jailed briefly last October, Aslam said that after his family posted $150,000 bail, he contacted psychiatrists for help.

He is serving a nine-month jail term imposed Jan. 5 by Amherst Town Justice Geoffrey K. Klein for a probation violation linked to a 2004 case in which Aslam poured bleach into food he cooked for an estranged girlfriend at an Amherst restaurant, where he worked as a cook.

O'Donnell also issued an order of protection barring Aslam from trying to contact his wife for the next eight years.

The judge also told Aslam that after his release from prison, he will have to seek court permission to obtain visitation rights to his daughter, now 3.

Aslam pleaded guilty last month to a felony charge of attempted second-degree assault for an August 2004 attack.

He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child-endangerment charge for an October 2005 incident in which he was berating his wife in front of their daughter.

Prosecutors said Aslam periodically assaulted the woman as a form of "punishment" for not properly carrying out what he considered her wifely duties.

Aslam was arrested last October in the domestic-violence case, days after he burned his wife's hands in what was then their Amherst home, court officials said.


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