“I’ll f***ing kill you. My wife doesn’t need a counsellor.”
Abdul Hussain, aged 53, of Bolton, was jailed for two years after he viciously attacked his ex-wife’s counsellor.
Bolton Crown Court heard that he punched and kicked 74-year-old Terence Stokes. The incident left Mr Stokes with a bleed on the brain and five broken ribs.
The prosecutor Simon Barrett explained that Hussain and his wife got married in 2001 and had two children.
However, after they separated and she moved to a new home, Mr Stokes became friendly with her.
Hussain was furious with Mr Stokes and blamed him for the breakup of his marriage. He made threats towards the counsellor via his ex-wife.
On January 21, 2019, Mr Stokes travelled to Bolton to visit Hussain’s wife at her new address and to help her with some DIY.
While he was there, Hussain turned up. He banged on the door and rang the bell before bursting into the house.
When he saw Mr Stokes, Hussain told him: “I’ll f***ing kill you. My wife doesn’t need a counsellor.”
Hussain then repeatedly attacked the counsellor, kicking him in the ribs, causing him to fall down.
Hussain continued his assault, punching and kicking the victim numerous times, even when Mr Stokes was forced to use an inhaler after suffering an asthma attack.
When Hussain’s estranged wife warned him that she was calling the police, Mr Stokes managed to leave the house.
However, the victim, who was badly injured, ended up collapsing in the street. Members of the public saw the victim and helped him.
Mr Stokes was taken to hospital where he suffered a bleed to the brain and five broken ribs. He spent 10 days in hospital after receiving treatment for a bruised head and face.
Mr Barrett read a victim impact statement, which revealed that Mr Stokes was frightened of Hussain.
Mr Barrett said:
“The defendant at the time told him he would haunt him.”
He added that the victim now walks slowly, is forgetful and finds everyday tasks difficult.
Hussain pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.
Rachel White, defending, insisted that her client has never been before the crown court. She also produced several statements from people to testify about Hussain’s character.
Recorder Mark Ainsworth told Hussain:
“Given the severity of this assault and given the impact upon Mr Stokes, it seems to me that appropriate punishment, in this case, can only be achieved by the imposition of an immediate sentence of imprisonment.”
The Lancashire Telegraph reported that on January 20, 2020, Hussain was sentenced to two years in prison.