The abusive husband punched his wife several times
Saqib Ishaq, aged 31, of Westcliff, Southend, was jailed for two years and six months for a campaign of abuse towards his wife. The abusive husband stabbed her with a key and threatened to kill her if she did not drink alcohol.
Basildon Crown Court heard that the couple had been together since 2012 following an arranged marriage in Pakistan before relocating to Westcliff.
Ishaq wept in the dock as Judge Samantha Leigh told him he took away “any self-worth his wife had” when he tore off her shirt and threatened to send pictures to her family.
The first incident happened between August and September 2019 at their home in Westborough Road.
Ishaq had become angry over some faded paint in a kitchen cupboard. He then shouted at his wife before stabbing her in the thigh with a car key, drawing blood.
Then, on January 3, 2020, Ishaq became enraged when his wife spoke about their relationship with his mother. She lived in the same home as the couple and their two children.
The abusive husband punched his wife several times before leaving the house. He later returned to the property with several bottles of wine.
He demanded that she drink it even though it was against her religion.
When the victim refused, Ishaq became even angrier and ripped off her shirt. He then took photos of her topless and threatened to send them to her family.
A portion of the violent abuse was witnessed by Ishaq’s mother, who he had previously sent outside, and overheard by their children before his wife fled to the neighbours and police were called.
In mitigation, Kevin Toomey said it was “screamingly obvious” that Ishaq needs help with anger management.
Judge Samantha Leigh said to Ishaq: “You told her if she called the police that you would kill her.
“The children were described as stressed. She has had to leave her home.”
“These actions by you were deliberately degrading to your wife, belittling her and taking away any self-worth that she had.”
Ishaq admitted two counts of causing actual bodily harm and one count of making threats to kill.
On Wednesday, August 5, 2020, Ishaq was sentenced to two years and six months in prison.