Jealous husband attacked wife as she held their baby at house in Leeds after being told she was having an affair

A jealous husband subjected his wife to a brutal and humiliating assault lasting two days after she confessed to having an affair with his brother-in-law.

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 5:13 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th February 2020, 5:18 pm

Mohamad Mhand punched and slapped his partner as she held their baby daughter during the attack at their home in Leeds.

The 27-year-old also grabbed the woman by the throat and threatened her with a knife during the incident which began on September 16 last year.

Mark McKone, prosecuting, said the attack happened after Mhand's partner admitted to him that she had been having an affair with his brother-in-law.

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Mohamad Mhand attacked his wife after fining out she was having an affair.

Mr McKone said Mhand began hitting the victim when she refused to answer his questions about the affair.

He punched her repeatedly to the head and arms.

The baby awoke during the attack and witnessed the incident.

The defendant continued to hit the woman as she held the baby.

Mr McKone said Mhand continued to attack his partner over a 12 hour period.

The assaults continued the next day.

The court heard Mhand "summoned" his brother-in-law to the house during incident.

Mhand grabbed hold of him but did not assault him.

Mhand, of Ashton Mount, Harehills, was arrested after his partner contacted police.

He pleaded guilty to two offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The woman's injuries included bruising to her face and arms.

A probation officer's report concluded that Mhand had shown very little insight into his offending behaviour.

When he spoke about the incident, Mhand claimed his wife was "sorry" for what he had done.

The report stated that Mhand had displayed a "worrying" attitude.

Susannah Proctor, mitigating, said: "He doesn't seek to blame her for his actions.

"He accepts that the way he behaved was completely inappropriate.

Mhand was jailed for two years.

Recorder Joanne Kidd said: “A significant part of those assaults took place when your child was being held by your wife.

“That did not cause you to desist.

“You continued to assault her, to humiliate her, to control her.

“At one point on the second day you picked up knives.

“You are described as lacking any understanding of the impact on her psychologically, emotionally and physically over the course of those two days.

“At the present time you are unsuitable to take part in the accredited courses which are on offer to assist in building insight into your behaviour in the context of this relationship.

“That is a cause of extreme concern.

“I have real concerns about any future risk that you will pose to your wife.”