Woman’s compassion key to much reduced sentence
By Dave Andrusko
In court last Friday Brooke Fiske shows the kind of compassion her former boyfriend Sikander Imran so conspicuously lacked.
As NRL News Today reported last December, after being unable to convince his on-again, off-again girlfriend to abort, Imran spiked her tea with an abortifacient.
Fiske, who was 17 weeks pregnant, lost her baby.
He was arrested a year ago and pleaded guilty in March to fetal homicide. Under Virginia law, he had faced a minimum of five years and maximum of 40 years in prison for felony.
Yet, according to a local Washington DC television station, Fiske said “I think that when something tragic happens, it is really important to find a way to move forward and to use it for good.” The judge took Fiske’s call for a lighter sentence for Imran into consideration and sentenced him to just three years in prison with 17 years suspended.
The story, by WJLA’s Anna-Lysa Gayle, merely says Imran “dropped dangerous pills in her tea.” It’s much more complicated than that.
Reporting for WROC [ABC News 8] in Rochester, New York, Will Armbruster explained last December that Imran moved to Arlington, Virginia from Rochester after dating Fiske for three years for a new job.
When Fiske told him she was pregnant, “He didn’t want to have a baby so he tried to talk me into having an abortion… which I didn’t want to do,” Fiske said.
By then 17 weeks pregnant, she went to Virginia “to visit Imran to plan how they would raise the child. And that’s when, she says, he poisoned her,” according to WROC.
“When I was drinking my tea in the evening I got to the bottom of the cup. There was a gritty substance in there and when I looked at it, I could tell that it was a pill that had been ground up,” she said.
Just a few hours later – Fiske started having contractions.
“He [Imran] immediately started crying and said that he was a horrible person and that he had done what I thought he did,” Fiske said.
She was rushed to Virginia Hospital Center where she went into labor and lost her baby boy. Fiske says tests showed the abortion pill Misoprostol was found in her system.
Fiske explained that the nurse said it takes 200 milligrams to induce labor. “So he gave me 800,” she explained.
She told reporter Jeannie McBride, “I felt very betrayed and devastated” and that “the loss of a child is heartbreaking, devastating, and it never goes away. But, she says, it does get easier to carry the weight of that loss every day.”
WJLA reported that Imran’s lawyers argued at trial that he was dealing with mental health problems at the time, including panic attacks and had threatened suicide.
Fiske argued against a stiffer penalty for Imran who has lost his medical license and faces possible deportation to his native Pakistan.
“To me, the length of time that he serves in prison isn’t what’s important,” Fiske told WJLA. “I think that it is really important that people know that if they are dealing with depression before they do something, they should reach out and get help.”