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Saturday, 30 August 2014

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Man jailed for threatening his wife with knife

A man, whose case enraged Cumbria’s top judge, has been jailed for threatening his wife with a knife.

Arjun Amar armed himself with a kitchen knife and used a metal pole and brick to try to smash his way into the house where his estranged wife had been staying, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

And just days earlier he had “persistently assaulted” her and chased her around before locking her inside to stop her leaving.

Two previous hearings had to be adjourned after an interpreter who had been hired to help Amar, who speaks Urdu and little English, understand what was happening had failed to turn up.

But this time an interpreter did attend and the court heard how Amar’s relationship with his wife had broken down and she was staying with her son.

Amar who has an alcohol problem, demanded that she come back to live with him or he would kill himself.

But she refused and he ordered her to stay with him and “do a wife’s job and look after me”.

Amar also told her that if they were in India she would have to stay and she had “too much freedom” in the UK.

She tried to leave but he grabbed her bag with one hand and her hand with the other and dragged her inside the house where he pushed her into a chair, the court was told.

Amar then locked the front door and told her to wait and see what he would do to her before he picked up a butter knife and “made her think he was going to attack her”, but he didn’t.

She eventually managed to escape after he turned away and ran to a neighbour’s for help until police arrived and Amar was arrested.

He was then released on bail and told he must not contact his wife.

But a few days later Amar turned up at the house where she was staying in Kendal and tried to force his way inside with a metal pole.

In jailing Amar for a total of 14 months, Judge Peter Hughes QC told him his behaviour towards his wife had been “totally unacceptable”.

Amar was sentenced to two months in prison for assault and 12 months consecutively for carrying a knife. He was also handed a further two months to run concurrently for attempting to force entry to the house using violence.

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