A HUSBAND who attacked his wife days after she gave birth has been locked up for 16 months.
Shafaq Hussain used mother-of-four Zahida Parveen as a punchbag, slapping, kicking and punching her and pulling her hair while he was drunk, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
In a victim impact statement, his wife said: “He kicked me in the stomach with a lot of force. I felt like I was dying, it was so painful.”
Hussain, of Goddard Hall Road, Fir Vale, Sheffield, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm by kicking and punching his wife, but denied kicking her in the stomach.
Jailing the 35-year-old, Recorder David Hatton told him: “It was a vicious, sustained, bad-tempered and drunken attack in the presence of your eight-year-old son who attempted to intervene to stop it.”
Prosecutor James Scott said Hussain’s wife had given birth only 18 days before the attack.
He added the couple, who married in 1996 and have children aged 15, eight, two, and the newborn, had a stormy relationship and Hussain had previous convictions for attacking his wife.
Mr Scott said on April 28 Hussain came home drunk and the couple rowed. Hussain slapped and pushed his wife, pulled her hair in front of the their eight-year-old son, then ran at her, kicked her and punched her.
Their son intervened before Hussain punched her in the eye and head and bit her nose. She was left with a black eye and bruising to her face and body.
When arrested Hussain - a heroin addict - claimed he had drunk only one can of lager.
In a statement Zahida Parveen said her husband had called her every day from prison to say he was sorry and ask forgiveness.
She said he had gone to Pakistan four years ago to sort out his drink problem but it did not work and he returned home.
Before Christmas he had assaulted her and their eldest son.
“I feel safe when he’s in prison as he can’t get to me,” she said. “This is the worst it has been. I want it to stop and be safe.”
Jailing him, the judge said: “It is by no means the first time you have behaved violently towards that woman. Whether or not you kicked her in the stomach she had very recently given birth and was in a very vulnerable position.”
A restraining order now bars Hussain from contacting his wife or entering Goddard Hall Road.