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Abusive husband kept wife virtual prisoner for 16 years

Zeenit Bibi was kept a virtual prisoner in her home for 16 years.

A husband who regularly beat his wife and kept her locked indoors during an abusive 16-year marriage has been jailed.

Aziz Rehman, 47, would only allow his partner Zeenit Bibi to leave their home in Collingbourne Avenue, Hodge Hill, Birmingham on the school run.

He would wedge twigs in the front doorframe whenever he went out, so he could tell if she had left the house or tried to open the door.

One regular visitor described Rehman as an "oppressor" and told police he ran their home like a "prison".

Aziz Rehman was described as an Credit: West Midlands Police

Rehman was sentenced to three years and nine months after a jury found him guilty of assault and coercive control.

The court heard he once hit his wife on the head with a dumbbell, and beat her with a metal chair.

He was also convicted on one count of wilful assault against a girl after the court heard he once pulled out a clump of her hair, beat her with vacuum cleaner attachments and threatened to cut her tongue out with a knife.

Mrs Bibi, 36, who married Rehman in 2000, told ITV Central she never spoke out because she didn't think anyone would believe her.

She said: "When I was involved in that life, I didn't think there was any hope.

"I thought who is going to believe me? Who would listen to me?

"But the best thing I ever did was speak out and tell somebody.

"Nobody deserves that kind of life."

Mrs Bibi was able to alert the police in July 2016 when her husband was out of the country.

Rehman was arrested following his return to the UK. He denied the charges.

If you've been affected by domestic abuse, the National Domestic Violence 24-hour helpline number is 0808 802 1414.