Sheffield mum and son speak of horrifying attack

Ajit Sekhon has been jailed for beating his wife and son.
Ajit Sekhon has been jailed for beating his wife and son.
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A wheelchair user who was viciously assaulted by her husband said she thought she was going to die during the attack.

Manjit Kaur Sekhon, aged 55, suffered life threatening injuries when she was attacked by her husband of 38 years along with her son Paul, 32.

She detailed her horrifying ordeal in a victim impact statement read out at Sheffield Crown Court before her husband Ajit Sekhon was jailed.

Mrs Sekhon, who has mobility problems, and Paul were attacked by Sekhon, aged 59, after he lost his temper at their home in Kirkland Gardens, Monk Bretton, Barnsley.

He was jailed for 16 and a half years after admitting two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

In her statement Mrs Sekhon, a mother of four, said she was still in constant pain after the attack last October.

She suffered a horrific scalp injury after Sekhon beat her repeatedly with a heavy ornament and the skin was ripped off her head.

He also bit her fingers and poured a hot burning liquid on her.

Mrs Sekhon said: “During the assault upon me by Ajit I was very severely injured and my life was in serious jeopardy.

“I required immediate surgery to the wounds on my scalp and a blood transfusion.

“If the police officers hadn’t arrived quickly and acted swiftly I would have been dead.

“I thank the police for saving my life.

“The injuries I have are more than the permanent scars I have to my head. I have mental scars too, and am due to undergo some counselling. I am finding it very difficult to sleep - I have bad dreams and nightmares. I am finding life very difficult.”

Her son Paul, who was also brutally beaten by his father, suffered a deep gash to his arm, broken fingers and tendon injuries to his hands.

He said he was also still in constant pain, adding: “I often have flashbacks to the incident and I am struggling to cope.

“Often, if I hear sirens, I will think back to the assault.”

The court heard the family had suffered years of domestic abuse at Sekhon’s hands.

Detective Sergeant Stuart Hall, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “This was a sustained and brutal assault and this type of violence won’t be tolerated within the criminal justice system.

“The victims are still recovering from their injuries, both physically and mentally.”