Asian man who punched partner in face tells cops it is 'acceptable in his culture'
The 51-year-old man, identified as Chaudry Mahmood, and his former sister-in-law turned partner were arguing at a funfair in Brighouse, West Yorkshire when the incident occurred
An Asian man reportedly punched his girlfriend in the face and then later attempted to justify his actions by claiming that it was acceptable in his "culture" to inflict violence on women, a court on Tuesday heard.
The 51-year-old man, identified as Chaudry Mahmood, and his former sister-in-law turned partner were arguing at a funfair in Brighouse, West Yorkshire when the incident occurred, according to the Daily Mail.
Reports state that tensions in Mahmood's family had been running high ever since the pair's relationship started nearly five months ago. The incident was reported to the authorities by a witness who was in their car. The witness also took photographs of Mahmood before calling the police on him.
According to prosecutor Natalie Chapman, the passerby witnessed the attack after seeing the victim sitting on the beach. "A male was stood up close by and with his right hand, he punched her to the side of her face, causing her to move. Immediately the witness pulled over, took photos of the defendant and called 999," Chapman said.
"He heard a heated exchange but not what was being said. She looked annoyed and walked towards a car, getting into the driver's seat. The defendant then walked over and sat in the passenger seat," the prosecutor added.
Reports state that Mahmood initially told the officers that he had only pushed his partner when he was initially arrested. "He said it was Asian culture, an open hand to the back to the head to shut them up. When asked if he'd do anything differently he said 'no'," Chapman said.
The court also heard that the victim in the case refused to give a statement. "She was his sister-in-law and it's not gone down very well within the family," Mohammed Arif, mitigating the case, said.
"They are very upset that the defendant has entered into a relationship with his ex sister-in-law, now his partner, and he's been the subject of harassment by members of the family from both sides. He's reported matters to police on numerous occasions and on the day in question they'd gone to get away from the harassment when the family issues have arisen," he said.
Arif reportedly claimed that the couple were arguing over a disagreement on the day of the incident when the victim hit Mahmood first and then he retaliated.
"He's then retaliated and accepts he's gone beyond any kind of self-defence. He regrets his actions, it was a momentary incident. Having been charged with this offence they've waited for this hearing to take place so that they can make a fresh start and move away from the area," Arif told the magistrates.
Reports state that Mahmood, who was fined £80 ($100), pleaded guilty to assault by beating when he appeared before Kirklees Magistrates' Court. He was also ordered to pay £30 ($40) victim surcharge and £85 ($110) prosecution costs.