Published: 17:18, 16 September 2019
| Updated: 09:10, 06 December 2019
A University of Kent student was the victim of a street "tug of war" when her family discovered she had married in secret.
Brothers Sharjal and Amir Mohammad traced the new bride to a street in Gillingham and tried to drag the terrified wife away from her new husband.
After the row was seen by neighbours, the couple sought refuge in a house as she pleaded: "No, no... don't let them take me. I don't want to go with them."
Maidstone Crown Court heard how the police were then called and the brothers charged and held in custody.
They later claimed they just wanted to talk to her because they were worried when she went missing days earlier.
Prosecutor Craig Evans said neighbours, including an off-duty police officer, living in an area between Marina Heights and Peninsula Quay heard what they thought was a car accident on May 10 at about 7.20pm.
He said: "They looked out of the window and saw three vehicles in an unloading bay. They thought the parties were originally exchanging details but then noticed one of the men becoming disgruntled followed by raised voices.
"The neighbour, Fletcher Devlin then saw pushing between the three males. Then he witnessed one of the men go up to a female, who turned out to the men's younger sister, and begin to drag her away towards a Silver Hatchback."
Mr Evans said a neighbour saw another man grab hold of the woman around her neck and hair and she was "kicking out in self defence".
"This was a tug of war in the street. She was taken hold of and pulled towards a car with one of the brothers pulling her and the other holding her legs," he added.
The brothers told the neighbours: "This is a family matter. She is our sister. Give her to us."
As other neighbours took photographs of the distressed woman one told the men: "She's not going with you... We have called the police."
They then let her into their property, he added.
The brothers, Amir, 28, and Sharjal, 26, who work in a family business in Paris, but live in Back Lane, Canterbury admitted affray. Other charges were left on file.
David Martin-Sperry, defending Sharjal, claimed their 69-year-old father had expected to collect his daughter from university in May but she failed to show up.
He contacted the sons who then questioned her friends before going in search of her husband via social media.
He said: "They felt at the time that she might have been led astray. That's what they feared. They went in search of her and when they found them their purpose was to separate the two so they could speak with their sister and they couldn't do that in front of her husband."
He added the brothers never had any intention to "do anything bad to her at all".
"He accepts what they did by taking hold of her was wrong and was unacceptable, " Mr Martin-Sperry added.
Rag Chand, defending Amir, who has a masters degree from the same university, said: "This was a complete collapse of common sense. He apologises in this courtroom to his sister."
Jailing them each to 11 months*, Judge Adele Williams told them: "Both of you had travelled to Kent from Paris after your sister, studying at the University of Kent, fell in love with the man of her choice.
"She married him in secret because she feared her choice of husband would not be approved by the family.
"When you caught up with her both of you tried to grab her away from her new husband. This was wholly unacceptable behaviour.
"Her freedom of choice and her freedom to go about in the street was interfered with by your conduct."
*Both brothers had their sentences reduced to 12-month community orders at the Court of Appeal on October 22. They were released on the same day.
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