'PS3,000 payoff to drop rape charge' wife agreed to give 'victim' cash to help husband, court told.
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A WIFE agreed to pay PS3,000 to a woman who had accused her husband of raping her to withdraw the allegation, a court heard.
Manchester Crown Court was told that Natasha Gadd, 31, had accused Kamram Nazir, 33, of raping her after they met at a Manchester club.
Nazir's wife, Amina Bhatti, 36, who previously split from a man who had cheated on her, became suspicious after not hearing from her husband and later found out that he had been accused of rape.
The court was told prosecutors cannot say if the rape allegation is true or false.
After Bhatti's plot to pay Gadd was discovered by police, all three were charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
A sentencing hearing heard that in July 2015, Gadd went to Longsight police station to report that she had been raped. After being arrested, Nazir told officers that sex had been consensual.
Bhatti called Gadd, who told her that Nazir had raped her. The pair agreed that Bhatti would pay Gadd PS3,000 if she would drop the allegations against her husband.
All three of their phones were later seized by police, which led to charges of conspiring to pervert the course of justice being brought against the trio.
At the time of the alllegation, Gadd's marriage had broken down, making her homeless, and she had recently lost her father, making her 'vulnerable', her barrister Rebecca Young told the court.
Ms Young said Gadd didn't realise what she was doing was illegal and described it as a 'self preservation mechanism.'.
All three pleaded guilty to the charge - Bhatti and Nazir, of Harrison Avenue, Levenshulme, immediately and Gadd, of Howarth Road, Bradford, shortly before her trial was due to start.
Defending Bhatti, Carolyn Smith said the mum-of-three was desperate to keep the relationship together as her previous husband had been 'unfaithful' and they had split.
Nicola Gatto, for Nazir, said: "Each in their own way have exploited one another but have not harmed anyone else."
Judge Elizabeth Nicholls said she had decided she could suspend the prison sentences handed down to all three but described them as 'lucky.' She said: "Listening to the facts of this case you could have been forgiven for thinking you'd escaped into a Shakespearean tragedy."
Nazir was handed a 14-month jail term, suspended for 18 months and he must carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.
Gadd was given a 20-month jail term, suspended for two years, and told she must carry 30 days of rehabilitation with the probation service. Bhatti, who has three young children, was given a 10-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and must also do the 30 days rehabilitation activity requirement.
From left, Natasha Gadd, Kamram Nazir and Amina Bhatti