Wife attacked by ‘bullying’ husband

First published in Bradford

A man who hit his wife on the head with a frying pan after she told him to get a job has been spared an immediate jail sentence.

The 40-year-old husband struck his mother-in-law with a kettle and wounded his 16-year-old stepson with a knife when they tried to help her as she cowered in a corner of the kitchen at the family home in Bolton, Bradford.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the teenage boy, pleaded guilty to two offences of causing actual bodily harm and one of unlawful wounding.

He was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, after Judge Jonathan Rose heard that his family want him back home.

The man must attend the Ummid Project in Bradford that works with offenders from Asia.

Prosecutor Camille Morland told Bradford Crown Court yesterday police were called to the family home on May 25 last year after reports of a serious domestic dispute.

The man’s wife had suffered a black eye and scratches to her body after he attacked her when she told him to find work.

Miss Morland said he pushed her into the kitchen, pulled her hair and hit her on the head and in the face with a frying pan. Her son saw him hurling pans, cups and plates at his mother, who was cowering in a corner.

When he tried to stop the man, he hit the boy with the frying pan and swung a knife, wounding him.

Next to intervene was the man’s mother-in-law.

He hit her twice on the head with a kettle, cutting her forehead and causing bruising and swelling.

All three victims needed hospital treatment and the boy had surgery.

The defendant’s barrister, Stephen Wood, said all members of the family wanted to get back together.

Judge Rose said the man showed “arrogant, bullying aggression”.

He told him: “I am taking an exceptional course in your case only because your family are willing to take you back.”

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