Mahmood claims punching wife is part of his culture


KIRKLEES: A man punched his new partner in the face at a funfair – and told police that his behaviour was acceptable in his culture. Chaudhry Mahmood and the victim, his former sister-in-law, were arguing as tensions within their families were high after they started seeing each other.

The attack happened during a funfair at Wellhome Park in Brighouse on May 9. A Good Samaritan stopped his car when he witnessed the incident as he drove past, took photos of Mahmood and called police. The 51-year-old pleaded guilty to assault by beating when he appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court, the ‘Huddersfield Examiner’ has reported.

Prosecutor Natalie Chapman said that the witness was driving along Bradford Road at 4.40pm when his attention was drawn to the victim sitting on a bench in the park.

She told magistrates: “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.

“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.”

Mahmood, of Bradbury Street in Ravensthorpe, was arrested and initially told police that he’d only pushed his partner.

Miss Chapman told magistrates: “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’.”

The Huddersfield court was told that the victim declined to give a statement to police. Magistrates told Mahmood that the case was aggravated by the fact that it took place in a public place and people would have been upset by what they witnessed. They fined him £80 and ordered him to pay £85 prosecution costs plus £30 victim surcharge.