Refugee manhandled his pregnant wife from their Hucknall home

A Syrian refugee who manhandled his pregnant wife from their Hucknall home and let her spend the night in a park has appeared in court.

By Tim Cunningham
Sunday, 11th July 2021, 9:20 am
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Baseem Khaled Al Satouf assaulted the woman at their address on Windmill Avenue, on May 18, prosecutor Sanjay Jerath told Nottingham Magistrates Court.

"A service manager who assists in supporting Syrian refugees and EU migrants received a call on May 19 indicating he had kicked the complainant out of her property," he said.

"It transpired that she had stayed overnight in a park. She had grazes on her knees. She was crying and upset.

"She explained the defendant had dragged her out of the property by her arm while she was six-months pregnant.

"The couple are still together. He has no previous convictions."

Their support worker told the court she had worked with the family since they came from Syria in 2017 and there had been no previous problems.

Al Satouf, 44, admitted assault by beating when he appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court, on May 21 when the case was adjourned for a probation report.

District Judge Tim Spruce told him: “Manhandled out of the house, alone and upset – and worse still having to spend a night in the park while six months pregnant with your own child.

"That has clearly placed her and the child in danger and it must not happen again.

“I know Mr Al Satouf that you have got your problems which stem largely from the terrible history of being in Syria during the war and the devastating impact of the accident which left you with a significant disability.

"Your wife has to work as your carer as well as looking after your children. All the more reason why you have to work together to protect each other and your children.”

He handed Al Satouf a three year conditional discharge with £85 court costs and a £22 surcharge.

"If you do commit more offences then you can be sentenced in a much more serious way,” the district judge said on Friday. “In this sense the sentence is a check on your future good behaviour.

"The court will not show similar leniency if this were to happen again."

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