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Seven Kings man beat wife as she held baby in her arms

09:40 18 January 2013

A “volatile” husband who subjected his wife to a “disgraceful” beating as she held their nine-month-old baby in her arms has been jailed for two years.

Mohammed Saqib, 27, of Capel Gardens, Seven Kings, rained blows on Aisha Ali after he mistakenly believed she had pocketed £100 of his cash.

The couple’s four young children were forced to witness Saqib repeatedly punching and kicking their mother in an “ugly” attack which left her with multiple bruises to her arms and legs.

Ms Ali was left “traumatised” by the cruel assault in Hickling Road, Ilford, on July 6, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

Saqib has numerous previous convictions for violence, including a serious attack on his mother-in-law for which he was jailed for 21 months in 2009.

He claimed Ms Ali’s injuries were self-inflicted, but was convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm following a trial at the court, which concluded this week.

But jurors cleared him of a further charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one of common assault.

Sentencing, judge Simon Freeland described Saqib as “volatile”, adding: “The injuries which you inflicted were marked by the same loss of temper which you have exhibited all too often in recent years, albeit not against your wife.

“In my judgement you have a short fuse and unless and until you learn to control your temper, your sentences will get longer and longer.

“You used your feet and hands and clenched fists to punch and kick Aisha Ali.

“She was left traumatised by this.

“This was a sustained and repeated assault in which you rained blows on her, as evidenced in the photographic material before the court.”

Emma Akuwudike, defending Saqib, said he acknowledged his actions were “ugly”.

He added: “There has never been any physical violence towards his wife before.”

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