Wife injured in attack at home

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A husband who left his wife drifting in and out of consciousness after a row at their home has been spared jail.

Adnan Farooq, whose arranged marriage was described as having had “it’s share of difficulties” called the police to the Walton-le-Dale home they shared telling officers he had beaten his wife, who lost consciousness five times in the 30 minutes it took for an ambulance to arrive.

Farooq, 33, a graphic designer pleaded guilty to assault by beating after doctors confirmed his wife had not suffered serious injuries.

However Preston Crown Court heard her breathing was laboured when officers arrived at the property in Warwick Road on January 6.

She was taken to Royal Preston Hospital by where she was found to have suffered a minor head injury and soft tissue damage to her shoulder. She did not want to press charges.

Farooq admitted he had slapped his wife several times but denied banging her head off a doorframe. He also told police his wife had slapped him several times.

Judge Raymond Herman, sentencing, said the maximum sentence he could impose would be four months but said: “I have to try to decide what is in the public interest in these circumstances. If you go to prison for four months you will be released after half that sentence and very little impact will have been had, if any, on your future thinking, It is only for that reason I have determined not to send you to prison today.”

He suspended the sentence for two years with supervision and take part in the Resolve program for perpetrators of domestic violence.

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