A “BULLYING” husband has been jailed for assaulting his wife and robbing a man of his phone close to Bradford city centre.

Zahid Younas, 35, of Toller Lane, Bradford, appeared at Bradford Crown Court to face charges of common assault and robbery after entering guilty pleas.

Prosecutor James Gelsthorpe told the court that Younas’ wife had come to the UK from Pakistan in 2011 when she was aged 23 to 24 following an arranged marriage.

Shortly after she arrived in Bradford, to live with Younas and his family, he served a two-year prison sentence.

Mr Gelsthorpe told the court there had been an argument between the pair in January last year, when Younas would not allow his wife to sleep in their shared bedroom.

He then unleashed an attack on her, where she was punched and kicked while she was on the bed, leaving her with scratches and also bruises to her arms, shoulder and legs.

Younas, who has eight previous convictions for 21 offences, was arrested and interviewed, providing a prepared statement and denying the allegation.

In September, while on bail, he went on to rob a man of his iPhone on Sunbridge Road.

The man’s phone case also contained his debit card and driving licence.

Younas was detained after a short chase on John Street and the stolen items were recovered. The court heard he had been drinking before approaching the victim.

Referring to a victim impact statement, Mr Gelsthorpe said the man was left shaken and upset by what happened.

Vincent Blake-Barnard, defending, said Younas deeply regrets what happened and accepts his behaviour was unacceptable.

In sentencing him, Recorder Jonathan Sandiford described Younas as a bully and said the attack on his “vulnerable” wife was persistent and said he inferred that he intended to cause her more serious injury.

He said an aggravating feature of the robbery is that he was on bail at the time

Younas was sentenced to two years and three months in jail, was made the subject of a restraining order. A victim surcharge will also have to be paid.