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Dundee man who repeatedly struck pregnant wife on the body avoids jail

Dundee man who repeatedly struck pregnant wife on the body avoids jail

A thug who battered his pregnant wife has avoided a prison sentence.

Waqas Niaz, of Lyon Street, attacked Rubeeh Maqsood on November 28 2017.

He admitted seizing her by the arm, seizing her by the hair and pulling her by the hair.

Niaz thereafter pulled her across a room, pushed her onto a sofa and repeatedly struck her on the body.

He additionally pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards Ms Maqsood by shouting, smashing glass on a table and throwing a mobile phone against a wall.

Niaz, 28, appeared for a deferred sentence before Sheriff John Rafferty at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Solicitor Ross Donnelly said Niaz has had no contact with his partner and is undergoing divorce proceedings.

Mr Donnelly said Niaz was fit and able to do unpaid work.

The solicitor said: “Although this was a serious matter, he is someone with no previous convictions and a young man who intends to distance himself from his partner.”

A social work report considered Niaz to be at “low risk” of reoffending.

Sheriff Rafferty described Niaz’s behaviour as “sustained” and said it occurred in a place where Ms Maqsood “should be safe in her own home”.

He added: “A custodial sentence is certainly justified in a case of this nature but there is, in my view, an alternative to custody.”

Niaz was sentenced to a total of 170 hours of unpaid work to be completed in eight months.

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