Man who bit wife fails in freedom bid

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An UNEMPLOYED wife beater who bit the mother of his child after an argument over whether she should cook his tea has failed in an Appeal Court bid for freedom.

But Tariq Majeed still had his sentence cut by judges.

Majeed, aged 26, of Wincobank Avenue, Sheffield, left 20-year-old Hamera Khan with visible injuries after attacking her when she came home from work last November 3.

He was jailed for 21 months for assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Sheffield Crown Court in February this year after an earlier plea of guilty.

His lawyers tried to convince top judges that the sentence should be suspended and, although they disagreed, they cut his term to 18 months at London’s Court of Appeal.

Mr Justice Openshaw, who heard the appeal with Judge David Paget QC, said it did not matter that Mrs Khan had tried to pull out of the prosecution and wanted to continue the relationship for the sake of their young daughter.

“Domestic violence is a serious social evil, for it renders women fearful at home, the one place where they should feel safe,” he said.

“We do not consider it to be compelling mitigation that the complainant withdrew her complaint.

“That is because abused women are vulnerable to pressure and are often unsure what they want. Frequently, pleas for leniency are regretted once they have been made.

“Nor, for the same reason, where there has been serious domestic violence, is the resumption of cohabitation compelling mitigation.”

Mr Justice Openshaw added: “There is, in our judgment, a public element in sentencing these offences.

“The message must go out that serious domestic violence will receive substantial punishment, even if the victim can be prevailed upon to make pleas for clemency.”

A custodial sentence was the only justifiable result, the judges concluded.

But the judges agreed the 21-month sentence would be cut by three months to 18 months,