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Wife needed treatment after being assaulted in ‘black magic’ row

Bahrain News
Thu, 12 Apr 2018
By Noor Zahra

A WOMAN needed hospital treatment after being assaulted by her husband, whose parents she accused of performing black magic to destroy their lives, a court heard.

The 33-year-old husband allegedly punched, kicked and throttled his wife at their home in Bani Jamra.

She suffered multiple bruises and fractures, which required surgery at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC).

A medical report stated the 25-year-old wife now has a 15 per cent permanent disability in her jaw as a result of the assault, adding that she had been the victim of violent abuse for years.

The incident happened in September 2015 and her husband is now standing trial for assault at the High Criminal Court.

He has pleaded not guilty, but in his statement to prosecutors admitted the allegations and said he regretted what he did.

“I went to Duraz to pick up my wife, who was at my parent’s home,” the defendant, a manager for a private company, said in his statement.

“We got into an argument in the car when she accused my parents of performing black magic on us.

“I was enraged and insulted her.

“We then continued to argue at home and I punched and kicked her in the head and her body.

“I also strangled her for a short while before she got the Quran and read aloud from it.

“She placed it on my chest, but I was so angry that I tore it up and threw it at her.

“I then left the house before policemen arrested me.

“I really regret what I did in the heat of the moment and ask my wife to pardon me.”

However, a medical examiner’s report stated the victim had been suffering from repeated beatings and abuse for years.

“From examining the victim we can see that she has suffered years of torture and abuse,” stated the report.

“She suffered fractures and bruises all over her body, including her legs, arms and neck.

“Due to the attack she suffered a 15pc permanent disability to her jaw and requires bilateral TMD (temporomandibular) surgery (as a result of discomfort she still suffers in her jaw).

“She also suffers from early stages of fibrosis from the severe beating.”

The trial was adjourned until April 18 for the defendant, who was previously released on bail, to attend the court hearing.

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