A businessman who savagely beat his 17-year-old daughter and her secret boyfriend with a hammer after catching them having sex in her bedroom has been jailed.
Soruth Ali, 42, was woken at at 5am on August 21 this year by noises coming from his daughter’s bedroom and walked in to find her and lover James Martin in bed together.
The court heard Ali went into a rage and grabbed a hammer to hit Mr Martin over the head before chasing him out of his family home in in Leigh, Greater Manchester.
He then returned inside and beat his daughter before dragging her out of her bedroom by the hair.
The court heard how Fathema’s boyfriend suffered a deep gash to his head which required two staples while her head and face were badly bruised.
The teenager was described as being so scared of her father she had to move to a secret address where she was placed under police protection before being placed in care.
In a statement to police Fathema claimed her father was ‘very religious and very controlling’ and would not let her out of the house unless she wore an Islamic veil.
She said she had been forced to live ‘two lives’ at the family home as she was made to wear a headscarf in front of her father – only for to secretly take it off once she was out of his sight. She said she wanted to ‘live her own life.’
Fathema who had been seeing Mr Martin without the knowledge of her mother and father sneaked him back to her her home while the parents were away.
But Mr Martin was still at the property when Ali and his wife unexpectedly returned home early and as a result he ended up hiding in Fathema’s bedroom for the night.
Peter Gilmore prosecuting said: ‘In the early hours of the morning Mr Ali heard noises coming from his daughters room so went to see what it was.
‘ He saw his daughter having sex with Mr Martin and became enraged and chased Mr Martin from his home, and hit him in the back of the head with a hammer telling him to get out of his house.
‘As Mr Martin fled the property, Mr Ali returned to his daughters bedroom and started punching and hitting her and she fell to the floor and he began dragging her round by her hair. She suffered bruising to her face.’
‘Fathema and Mr Martin both called the police as did a neighbour and Mr Ali was arrested. His daughter was a particularly vulnerable young woman, as she was his 17 year old daughter living in his house. It is clear in his probation report that he was trying to minimise these offences. He has also made attempts to minimise and justify the offences.’
In her statement which was detailed at an earlier hearing Fathema claimed her father hit her on the left arm and knocked her to the floor. She said he then began to kick her to the head and legs and she curled up in a ball and was she was so scared she wet herself.
She said she could hear her mother and sister saying ‘stop’ but Ali grabbed her ponytail and dragged her out of the bedroom as other relatives advised her to pack her belongings and go.
Passing sentence Judge Timothy Clayson told Ali: ‘You could have killed Mr Marion and it is through no design of your own that you did not. It is incredibly fortunate that he wasn’t seriously injured.
‘As far as your daughter is concerned, that is a serious offence of its type. She is your daughter and she should have been able to regard her own home as a place of safety. You assaulted her and she was so frightened of you she wet herself.’
‘You have been a hard working man, with a stable marriage and your children living at home. While I accept that you feel some genuine remorse for what you did, what you did was wholly unacceptable. There are no grounds to suspend this sentence, it would be unjust and too lenient.’
He admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault and was jailed for 14 months.
Ali was also banned from contacting his daughter for three years under the terms of a restraining order.