Sentencing in beating case

A general view of signage by the main entrance to Snaresbrook Crown Court in Holybush Hill, Snaresbrook, east London. Credit: PA

Three men who brutally beat a female family member because they thought she was possessed by demons are to be sentenced.

The victims husband, Ahmed Hussain, 60, of Poplar, son Mohammed Kayes Hussain, 28, of Wapping and son-in-law Muhammed Aziz, 21, of Bethnal Green, were all found guilty of assault.

The victim was tied to a bed, covered with holy water and beaten continuously with a walking stick by an Iman who has never been traced.

But the victim refused to give evidence against her family members during the trial and before sentencing today handed a letter to the judge in their defence.

In the letter Asma Hussain told the judge that the case had torn her family apart. She went onto beg the judge not to send her son and husband to prison.

In his mitigation her son Mohammed Kayes Hussain's barrister told the court that " he did not intend his mother any harm and was under the misguided apprehension that the Iman's actions would improve his mothers health".

The judge still has to hear mitigation from the victims son-in-law before passing sentence.