"she felt he was capable of carrying out his threats."
Rabnawaz Khan, aged 42, of Bolton, was jailed for three years and 11 months for subjecting his wife to violent attacks. The paranoid man accused her of infidelity.
Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard that he used weapons to attack his wife, including a meat cleaver and lamp.
The couple’s 23-year marriage was initially a good one and they have five children together, aged between 14 weeks and 19 years.
Charlotte Crangle, prosecuting, said that Khan’s mother died in 2001 and he blamed himself for not taking her to hospital.
Khan started drinking and taking crack cocaine. His addiction worsened when the family shop was sold and money was available.
For the past 18 years, Khan has not worked. He was supported financially by his wife and frequently made false allegations about her being unfaithful.
Miss Crangle explained: “He used that as his excuse for not working, suggesting that if he was out of the house during the day, she would have men around.
“He also would not allow her to go out socialising for that same reason, regularly telling her that he controlled everything in the house.”
Two weeks before the assaults, starting on October 1, 2019, Khan’s behaviour towards his wife worsened.
Miss Crangle stated: “She described how he made her feel so worthless that she was frightened to leave him as she felt he was capable of carrying out his threats.
“He had been using drugs the previous few days and hadn’t been sleeping, and so that served to heighten his paranoia.”
Khan was angry the next day and attacked her, punching her and hitting her over the head numerous times with a metal jug.
He went into the kitchen and picked up a meat cleaver. Khan waved it around, threatening to chop off her limbs and tongue before hitting her on the legs with the flat side of the cleaver and dragging her around the living room by her hair.
The paranoid man continued accusing his wife of infidelity the following day. He hit her over the head with his mobile phone, causing her to feel dizzy. She then went to lie down.
Miss Crangle said:
“The defendant brought the children up, telling them she was dying and saying to her to hurry up and die.”
While she was feeding a baby in her arms, Khan punched her in the face and sprayed a can of coke over her. He also struck her over the head with a lamp.
Miss Crangle said: “He began to panic and called their son to call an ambulance.”
Police also arrived and Khan was arrested.
Miss Crangle added: “When interviewed he suggested it was his wife controlling him rather than him controlling her and she was bullying him.”
She went on to say that Khan said he felt justified in hitting his wife.
Khan pleaded guilty to coercive and controlling behaviour and six counts of assault.
His wife is currently in debt as she has been trying to replace the children’s belongings, which Khan had sold to fund his drug habit.
Daniel Lister, defending, said that at the time, Khan was suffering from his addiction and mental health problems.
Judge Graeme Smith told the paranoid man:
“As a result of the way you behaved toward your wife, she was absolutely petrified. She was terrified that you would kill her and take the children.”
Khan was jailed for three years and 11 months. He also received a restraining order, banning him from contacting his wife for five years.