Accrington alleged victim in family ‘prisoner’ case faces cross-examination

A PAKISTANI national who claims his Accrington relatives beat him after his arranged marriage collapsed, wants to stay in this country, a jury was told.

Ghalib Hussain, who said he wished to live in the town, applied for political asylum last November and had also applied to remain in the UK permanently, Burnley Crown Court heard.

The alleged victim was being cross-examined by Ken Hind, the barrister defending Nek Alam, who is Mr Hussain’s uncle.

Mr Hind asked Mr Hussain: “Do you know that if you made allegations of assault against your family, it would help you to stay in Britain and live in Accrington?”

The alleged victim replied: “Yes.”

The Crown has alleged Nek Alam, and Alam's sons, Mr Hussain's cousins, Janghir Alam, 29, Zahir Alam, 33 and Zahoor Alam, 32, labelled him ‘a mental case,’ and broke his hip in a campaign of cruelty and violence.

It was also claimed the ‘vulnerable’ alleged victim, who has epilepsy, was told he would be buried alive.

The court has been told Mr Hussain came to this country about 2006, as a result of an arranged marriage to Nek Alam’s daughter, Sofia, but she had effectively rejected him.

Prosecutor Jeremy Lasker said Mr Hussain was unable to work because of his problems, and the financial burden of his care and upkeep fell upon the rest of his family.

Mr Hind claimed that Mr Hussain, who he said was once arrested and taken to the police station, had been accused of stealing from a mosque. Mr Hussain denied that.

He accepted he had hit Nek Alam, who he knew had a heart problem.

Mr Hind said: “You have made a nuisance of yourself in the mosque and on the street. Isn’t that right ? What I suggest is you annoyed people and got yourself into fights.”

Mr Hussain answered: “No, I wasn't causing a nuisance.”

Janghir Alam, Nek Alam and Zahoor Alam, all of Richmond Hill Street, and Zahir Alam, of Willows Lane, all Accrington, all deny causing grievous bodily harm with intent and an alternative allegation of inflicting GHB, on June 26, 2010, making a threat to kill on the same date, false imprisonment between June 26 and July 1, 2010, and putting a person in fear of violence by harassment, between January 2007 and July 2010.

Janghir Alam also pleads not guilty to three charges of battery, Zahoor Alam denies two counts of battery and Nek Alam pleads not guilty to one battery allegation.

The case continues.

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