Man jailed for 15 months after torturing wife and holding her captive in their home

Victim was struck, choked and burnt over the course of several weeks

A man was jailed for 15 months after subjecting his wife to a horrifying catalogue of abuse.

During the prolonged ordeal, the husband burnt her, pulled out her teeth and shaved her eyebrows, a court heard.

He kept the victim locked in the bedroom of their Ajman apartment for more than a month. The couple's maid later told the court about hearing her screams.

The man was convicted at Ajman Criminal Court of physical assault, causing a permanent disability, confinement and issuing insults.

He denied the charges at a previous hearing, claiming the woman inflicted the wounds on herself after he told her he would divorce her.

However, prosecutors were told the sustained assaults began after he grew jealous about her talking to other people.

The couple's ages and their nationality were not disclosed.

The woman reported her husband to police in January after being taken to hospital with several injuries.

She said the injuries were a result of the torture by her husband, who took away her mobile phone so she could not call for help.

It was not made clear in court records how the woman arrived at the hospital.

“He insulted me, locked me up and tortured me,” the woman said in court records.

“It happened repeatedly that he heated different objects then burnt me with them.

“He shaved my eyebrows and my hair, pulled out my teeth and choked me with his hands.”

A medical report concluded that the attacks left her with permanent disabilities, including 40 per cent scarring to her face and 25 per cent scarring to her body.

The couple’s maid told the court she was not allowed to enter the woman’s room unless the husband permitted her to.

She told judges the man repeatedly hit his wife and that she heard the woman’s screams for more than a month.

The man will be deported after serving his prison term.

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