Bradford solicitor overturns his conviction for threatening behaviour,

Bradford solicitor overturns his conviction for threatening behaviour,

Bradford solicitor overturns his conviction for threatening behaviour,

First published in News

A Bradford solicitor has successfully overturned his conviction for threatening behaviour, saying he pursued his appeal to clear his name "for the sake of his children."

Father-of-two Tariq Majid, 44, was convicted of a section four public order threat of violence offence, and the breach of a non-molestation order against his former partner Uzma Tariq in January 2013, but immediately lodged an appeal.

The charges against Mr Majid, of Hopefield Way, Bierley, were officially withdrawn by Judge Tom Bayliss QC at Leeds Crown Court yesterday.

"I've been through a terrible ordeal, and a very stressful time for the past year and a half," he said.

"I feel numb, but I am glad it is all over and that my name is cleared.

"I'm more happy for my children."

The charges related to an incident in October 2012, when Mr Majid was alleged to have threatened Miss Tariq when she was shopping with the pair's children in Bradford.

He was given a 12-month community order, with 240 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay £600 costs, but this sentence has now been quashed.

After the case, Mr Majid thanked his close friends who had supported him through a "very difficult" time, and paid particular tribute to his solicitor during the appeal process, Simon Hustler, who he said had "retained belief" in him throughout.

"This decision shows that the justice system does work," he said. "This appeal was for the sake of my children."

Mr Majid said his personal and professional reputation had suffered as a result of the charges brought against him, but stated he was now hoping to get back to work as soon as possible.

"I've been waiting for this appeal to be heard, and my self-esteem and self-respect has been very low," he said.

"It has been draining, but now I'm going to rebuild myself and get back on the ladder," he said.

"I also want people to know that if they find themselves in the same situation as I did, I know what they're going through and I'd be happy to help."

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