Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Dad crushes mom's arm when she attempted to leave home with their 2-year-old son (Reading, England, United Kingdom)

Dad SHAHZAD AFZAL has been convicted of one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm and was sentenced to 18 months in jail. Dad assaulted his wife as she was trying to leave the home with their 2-year-old son. Her forearm was broken so severely when Dad stomped on it that a metal plate had to be inserted.


Jailed for crushing wife’s arm
By Natalie Slater
January 05, 2010

A man beat his wife so severely she needed a metal plate in her arm after he stamped on it.

Shahzad Afzal, 29, put his 22-year-old wife through a horrendous ordeal at their East Reading home which she has since fled. She now is living in a refuge with their toddler son.

Afzal admitted one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm at an earlier hearing and was sentenced to 18 months behind bars at Reading Crown Court on Friday, December 18.

The court heard how Afzal, of Malvern Court in Addington Road, Central Reading, was at home on the evening of August 10, when he asked his wife to cook him some dinner.

When she refused, an argument ensued and he threw a frying pan across the room and pushed her to the floor before he went up to bed.

Jon Sank, prosecuting, said: “When he woke up he saw she was preparing to leave the house and take their two-year-old son with her and this made him angry. He punched her in the face and tackled her to the floor.

“He dragged her by the hair and twisted her arm behind her back saying, ‘I will show you what pain is’, and stamped on her arm.”

Mr Sank described how she went to hospital in a taxi where she needed surgery for a badly broken forearm that required a metal plate to correct it.

Afzal was arrested and gave no comment to police. He then asked his sister to persuade his wife to tell the police that she had fallen down the stairs, the court heard.

Christopher Surtees-Jones, defending, said: “He accepts his responsibility for this injury sustained by his wife and he accepts their relationship is over.

“He knows she is in a women’s refuge but does not know where and neither he nor his family have made any attempts to contact her.

“He is a caring father and was involved in a relationship that had its difficulties. He felt under pressure to send some of his benefits to her family in Pakistan.”

Sentencing, Judge Bruce McIntyre said: “Let’s live in the real world. This was a vicious attack on a weaker and more vulnerable human being for no reason other than to teach her a lesson on who’s the stronger person physically.

“He is dangerous to that class of person because this was not a sudden one-off loss of temper.”