Wife beaten and kept as slave

A FATHER and son meted out vicious beatings to the son s young wife, while treating her like a slave. Abdul Motin, 54, and Mohammed Alom, 29, forced Salma Akther to work as their skivvy during a reign of terror which saw the 21-year-old mum kicked, slapp

A FATHER and son meted out vicious beatings to the son's young wife, while treating her like a slave.

Abdul Motin, 54, and Mohammed Alom, 29, forced Salma Akther to work as their skivvy during a reign of terror which saw the 21-year-old mum kicked, slapped and slashed with a screwdriver.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard Motin and wife Sunaban Bibi, 50, egged on their son's bullying of his arranged bride who cooked, cleaned and cared for an extended family of 10 at their home in Grosvenor Road, Dagenham.

Motin and Alom were spared jail last week when Judge Timothy King passed community punishment orders - for 18 months and two years respectively.


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Motin was ordered to carry out 120 hours unpaid work while his son must complete a domestic violence course.

Passing sentence, the judge said: "If there is any repetition of this kind of behaviour on your part, either towards Salma Akther or anyone else, rest assured you will go to prison.

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"Whatever your own culture will approve, I know not, but the law of this country does not approve, accept or condone any culture in which a person is victimised on the account of her gender or victimised by way of brute or physical force."

He continued: "Mrs Akther was treated as a slave and a skivvy.

"She told the jury that she was obliged to do the cooking, house cleaning and looking after the children.

"All of these duties came before any other. Indeed, she was allowed little or no freedom outside the domestic environment.

"She was deeply unhappy with the burdens placed on her."

Alom would frequently beat and yell at her, the court heard.

"There were occasions when you would kick her, slap her and pull her hair," said the judge. "You were encouraged in that by your parents."

Mathew Orr, defending Motin, asked the judge to cut his disabled client's unpaid work hours after it emerged he received �35-a-week incapacity benefit.

But Judge King refused, saying: "His incapacity is not such to stop him from assaulting a vulnerable female."

Mrs Akther is now living with her children at a secret address.

Motin admitted battery but was cleared of false imprisonment, making a threat to kill and actual bodily harm. Alom admitted two counts of battery but was cleared of false imprisonment and two further counts of battery. Bibi was cleared charges of false imprisonment, theft and battery.

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