A WOMAN feared for her life as she was attacked by her new husband who thought she was on the phone to a man, a court heard.
Samina Qaisar was twice threatened with death by Qaisar Hafeez, who also grabbed her and dragged her by the hair. The defendant, who arrived in this country in January, was said to have become increasingly angry over the three weeks before the assault.
He went into the kitchen and the victim, who thought he was going to arm himself, fled from the house and called police with the help of a neighbour, Pennine magistrates were told.
Hafeez (37), of Barkerhouse Road, Nelson, admitted assault by beating. He was bailed until March 30th for a pre-sentence report and must not go within 100m of Marsden Hall Road.
Mr Andrew Robinson (prosecuting) said the defendant and victim had been married for 12 months. She got a phone call, Hafeez became suspicious and got extremely angry. She told him it was a wrong number, but he would not believe it.
The defendant turned aggressive, told his wife: “I will kill you”, lunged at her, tried to snatch the phone, grabbed her by the shoulder and shouted in her face.
Mr Robinson said Mrs Qaisar was in pain and distress and tried to get away, but Hafeez got hold of her by the hair, pulled her back onto the settee and shouted: “Don’t run.” She ran from the property as he went into the kitchen. Police arrived to find her shaken and upset. The defendant had no previous convictions.
Hafeez’s solicitor told the hearing he would say it was not the first phone call she had received. He grabbed her because he wanted to talk about it.
The defendant had found it an upheaval getting used to the way of life in this country. His wife was happy to have him back if he owned up.