Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Asylum seeker attacks his wife with hammer because she forgot to cook his dinner

A Pakistani seeking asylum in the UK might have put his chances in jeopardy after he launched an attack on his British wife whom he met on Facebook.
Mohsin Ahram, 21, attacked his wife, Mariam Hussain, 20, with a hammer when she forgot to cook his dinner, leaving her with multiple injuries.
The court heard that Mohsin was drunk when he attacked Mariam and she begged him to stop but he refused and shouted:
"You've had your chance to be a good wife!".
It was also heard that Mohsin treated his wife like a prisoner in her own home and abused her for months. He forbade her from leaving the house alone, owning a mobile phone or having access to the Internet or social media.

Addressing the court, the full-time mother-of-one said that she always knew an attack was coming but never imagined it would involve two hammers. On the day of the attack, which occurred in their one-bedroom flat in Cardiff, UK, Mariam had fallen asleep at about 10 p.m. on Dec 23 and woke up hours later when Mohsin returned home drunk and in a rage in the early hours of December 24th. He hit his wife with one hammer first and then two hammers in a separate attack while their four-month-old baby was asleep in the bedroom. He also smashed her Amazon Fire 7 tablet which was her only link to the outside world.

The attack lasted for about 60 minutes before Mariam was finally able to run out of the flat under the guise that she needed to top up the electric metre, then once outside, she pleaded with three girls for help. The police were called and they arrived to find Mohsin, who had filed a missing persons' report at the time, pacing outside on the street, saying he was looking for his wife.

Mariam was treated at the University of Wales Hospital the following morning for injuries, including bruising and cuts to both arms, mid back and fingers. Amelia Murphy, one of the girls who helped Mariam when she escaped, said that though it was dark, the cuts and bruises on her body were visible. Mohsin was charged to court. During the court hearing, Stephen Donoghue, who was prosecuting, said:
"The prosecution say he was expecting her to have made him food. That was the genesis for the argument that ensued. The prosecution say he completely lost his temper and started to talk about teaching her a lesson, how to be a good wife. He then picked up one of the hammers and began hitting her, she put her arms above her head to protect herself.

"The prosecution say that she was pleading with him to stop, telling him that he was hurting her. He said 'you've had your chance to be a good wife'."
Defending Mohsin, Andrew Kendall, revealed that Mohsin fled Pakistan after his schizophrenic brother burned down the family home in Lahore, destroying a copy of the Quran in the process which enraged locals.

During the sentencing, Judge Tom Crowther said:

 "On the night of December 23 last year you left her and your infant son at home to go out socialising. When you came back, you were plainly intoxicated and aggressive. You roused {her} from her sleep, complained loudly about the fact she had not cooked for you, made upsetting comments about her appearance and her behaviour as a wife.

"It seems to me you wanted not a real person but some imaginary figure who not only would bear your children but would constantly dote on you. So angry did you become that your life didn't correspond to this teenage fantasy that you started to belabour {her} with a hammer, first one then two in a sustained attack that left her badly bruised all over her body and deeply shaken.

"During the attack on her in a gesture clearly designed to isolate her and underline your control over her, you made a point of breaking a tablet computer that was the only link she was allowed to the outside world."

This will not be the first time Mohsin is being convicted of assault. In 2015 he was convicted of battery following another attack on Mariam and was handed a community order. and was sentenced to 15 months in jail at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm (ABH) and criminal dama. He also pleaded guilty to production of a Class B drug and criminal damage and was in breach of the community order imposed in 2015. He was also slapped with a restraining order.
Meanwhile, Mariam is furious that the judge chose not to exercise deportation powers and she is calling on the Home Office to review his asylum status once he is released from prison. Speaking after the sentencing, Mariam, who has filed for divorce, said: 
"The judge could have said he is to be deported but didn't. There are so many reasons why he should be deported. He is an asylum seeker, but actually went out of the country last year. He has the stamps on his passport, how can they let an asylum go there, come back and continue life as normal? I was pregnant at home, he left and broke the baby's money box and went to Pakistan partying, he was there for three weeks."
She added:
"We met on Facebook and the first time we saw each other was in August 2013, we used to keep our relationship on Skype before we met. At the time his appeal was still in progress, his asylum status had not been granted. His higher tribunal hearing for his appeal, because he's under social services, was separate. By November 2014 he started discussing it with me and he started pressuring me to enter into a civil partnership, ready for this tribunal. After we got married in February 2015, that's when the real abusive relationship started.. 
In May 2015 his tribunal came, I went there and helped him with it. He presented me as his wife and that he had been in a general relationship with me since 2013, so it looked good as well."
It is not yet known if the Home Office will heed Mariam's request and review her estranged husband's asylum status.

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