A young man who punched his sister and locked her in her home has been given a suspended custody sentence.

Diljaz Akhtar, 20, who pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, was given a nine-month sentence suspended for 12 months, with a medium level activity and 80 hours unpaid community work.

Prosecutor Stephanie Hancock, at Bradford Crown Court, said Akhtar’s 18-year-old sister had left the family home because she found the defendant controlling and moved to a safe house.

But he called round and asked her to return home. When she refused he began shouting and swearing, and then punched her on the nose. She fell back and banged her head. Akhtar punched her several more times but her younger brother intervened.

She suffered a bloody nose, swollen lip and swollen finger. Akhtar then picked up her house keys and locked her inside. She phoned police who forced entry.

Akhtar’s barrister, Stephen Couch, said his client, of Beldon Road, Great Horton, Bradford, who had no previous convictions, had learned his lesson.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said there was a background to the offence. But he told the defendant: “In any civilised society, one member of the family cannot impose his or her will on others.”