38-year-old Uber driver Rahman Ullah from Croydon has been jailed for 14 months for threatening to kill his estranged wife while his family in Pakistan watched on a WhatsApp video call.
Ullah severely beat his victim with a shoe, leaving her with two black eyes as well as other injuries.
Members of Ullah’s family in Pakistan watched the live stream as he mimicked stabbing his 34-year-old estranged wife with a kitchen knife.
The court heard how the pair had split from their thirteen year marriage twelve months before the sickening attack.
Ullah tricked his way into his victims home when he was supposed to pick his daughter up to take to school. He convinced his daughter to hand over the front door key so he could gain access and attack her mother.
Once gaining access to the flat, Ullah called his mother and brother by WhatsApp video and told them that he was “going to kill her today”.
He began to hit her with the heel of his shoe ten to fifteen times. His wife attempted to escape the brutal attack but was caught and dragged back into the home where she was then threatened with a kitchen knife.
The court heard that Ullah approached his wife with the knife at hand and began a “stabbing motion” while telling her “I’m going to stab you”.
Ullah, who was a driver for ride-hailing app Uber, was arrested and claimed it was his wife that attacked him and had in fact been the aggressor during the altercation.
He eventually pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife and causing actual bodily harm.
Sentencing Ullah to 14 months in jail at Croydon Crown Court, Recorder Tom Forster said: “You were engaged in a WhatsApp video call to Pakistan, informing them you were going to kill her.
“Not content with your boorish behaviour you pursued her to the communal hallway and by her hair dragged her back into the flat.
“She was understandably tearful and you tormented her with a knife as a weapon to threaten and filmed the whole thing on a phone”.
As reported in UK Asian Magazine, Ullah was also made subject to an indefinite restraining order.