Nelson dad attacked pregnant partner in row over compensation cash

Burnley Magistrates Court
Burnley Magistrates Court

A FATHER who assaulted his pregnant partner over compensation cash is awaiting sentence.

Pennine magistrates heard how aggressive Shabaz Ahmed, said to have caused problems for the victim before in their four-year relationship, thought he was owed a referral fee and had been pushing for the money.

Ahmed, who was “under the influence of something”, had turned up at vulnerable Katie Akhtar’s Nelson home and phoned her solicitor wanting to know what was going on. He dragged her up out of a chair, even though she had stomach pains, and made the calls while she was sobbing. She was left in fear by the incident on June 30th.

The hearing was told Ahmed, then a father of one, had earlier been given a suspended prison term for harassment and a restraining order had also been made in April, last year. The pair had reconciled last November and the order had been removed.

Ahmed (29), of Charles Street, Nelson, had been convicted of assault by beating. His case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report.

Mrs Alex Mann (prosecuting) said Ms Akhtar would say problems had previously been caused when the defendant was under the influence of drink or drugs.

Ahmed had never lived at her home and, a few weeks before, had started to become aggressive. He was not welcome at the property.

Mrs Mann said the victim had a compensation claim, had got a solicitor and Ahmed thought he was owed a referral fee. She was sitting down because of stomach pains and the defendant put his hands under her armpits, dragged her up and took her into the back room. He then contacted the solicitor’s office, but they would not speak to him.

The prosecutor added the victim, who had since given birth, had felt scared by the defendant’s behaviour. She had no visible injuries, but was left in discomfort.