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Banbury woman 'hit and kicked by husband and in-laws'

A mother has told a court she was assaulted and detained against her will by her husband and his parents.

Saira Ahmed said she was hit at their home in Banbury, Oxfordshire, while pregnant and again after the birth.

She told Oxford Crown Court her mother-in-law, Halima Ahmed, said she wished her son had married someone else.

Halima Ahmed, husband Mudassar Ahmed and father-in-law Iftakhar Ahmed each deny false imprisonment and two counts of causing actual bodily harm (ABH).

The court heard that in April 2006, Saira Ahmed married 29-year-old Mudassar Ahmed and moved into his parents' home.

'I'll kill you'

Jurors heard that Halima Ahmed set strict rules forbidding her daughter-in-law from going out of the house without her permission.

Saira Ahmed told the court she was also only allowed to make one phone call a week to her parents, and her mother-in-law would listen in.

The prosecution said that when Saira Ahmed was seven months pregnant in June 2007, she was hit and kicked by her husband and in-laws.

She told the court her mother-in-law "grabbed me by the throat" and said "I'll kill you if you make a noise".

Two months later, having given birth, Saira Ahmed was assaulted again and locked in a room away from her baby, the prosecution said.

The trial continues.

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