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Man and parents guilty of beating and locking up wife

(Left to right) Mudassar, Halima and Iftakhar Ahmed
Image caption (Left to right) Mudassar, Halima and Iftakhar Ahmed beat Saira when she was heavily pregnant

A man and his parents convicted of beating and locking up his wife have been warned they could be jailed.

Saira Ahmed, 28, was hit and kicked at the family home in Banbury, Oxfordshire, in June and August 2007.

Her husband Mudassar Ahmed, 29, and parents-in-law Iftakhar and Halima Ahmed, both 52, denied the charges.

But a jury at Oxford Crown Court found all three guilty of two counts of actual bodily harm and one count of false imprisonment.

'I'll kill you'

In April 2006 Saira Ahmed married Mudassar Ahmed and moved into his parents' home.

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

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

And when seven months' pregnant in June 2007, she was hit and kicked by her husband and parents-in-law.

Her mother-in-law grabbed her by the throat, saying: "I'll kill you if you make a noise," Saira Ahmed told the court.

Two months later, after giving birth, she was again assaulted, and locked in a room away from her baby.

The family claimed Saira Ahmed made up the allegations to gain a divorce without bringing "shame" to herself or her family.

Judge Anthony King deferred sentencing to 3 September, but warned prison sentences were being considered.

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