Man jailed for assaulting girlfriend - Bedford


A man, who beat up his girlfriend and then tried to stop her from attending court to give evidence against him, has today, Monday, 10 November 2014, been jailed for 21 months.

Ibrar Ali attacked his ex at her home in Pearcey Road, Bedford in January of this year but, in July, when he was due to appear in court for the attack and knew she would be giving evidence, he bombarded her with phone calls.  Between 5.40am and 11am on the morning of 16 July, he made 113 calls to his ex and in one threatened to kill her.

Luton Crown Court was told that in fact his ex did go to court, but Ali, of Hurst Grove in Bedford, didn't and was convicted in his absence.

He appeared in court on Monday pleading guilty to two offences of common assault on the woman, as well as witness intimidation.

Rhiannon Sadler, prosecuting, told how, on 23 January this year, 27-year-old Ali went to the home of his ex partner. Ali had a key to the property and, once inside, the woman was to discover her front door locked and she couldn't leave. In the hours that followed, he interrogated her, snatched her phone to check who she was in contact with, and launched a punching and kicking attack.  He pulled her hair at one point and dragged her to the ground.

The court was told he stayed overnight at the woman's house and attacked her again the following morning. She was only able to leave when her mother called round.

Judge David Farrell, QC, jailed Ali for 21 months and made a restraining order to last indefinitely, which means he cannot have any contact with the woman or go to her home in Pearcey Road, Bedford.

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