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Controlling boyfriend jailed for rape and assaults on ex-partner

A controlling boyfriend who made his partner watch Islamic faith videos to “become a better girlfriend" − but subjected her to regular beatings and sexual assaults − has been jailed for 12 years as West Midlands Police urges other domestic abuse victims to seek support.

Mohammed Khan, from Woodbourne Road in Smethwick, tormented the 21-year-old for 18 months and was violent towards her within days of striking up a relationship in late 2016.

Mohammed Khan
Mohammed Khan found guilty of coercive control 

On one occasion he pinned her by the throat against a wardrobe, chipped several teeth after punching her in the face as they sat in his car and, in April last year, orally raped her following a violent argument. 

The 23-year-old even made her watch instructional videos on how to conduct herself and warned she faced consequences − including threats of violence against her and her family − should she reject his advances. 

Family members concerned by the woman’s change in behaviour and appearance contacted West Midlands Police in early 2018.

Specialist officers from the force’s Public Protection Unit worked with Black Country Women’s Aid to offer her immediate help and support − and in April she plucked up the courage to submit a formal police complaint against Khan.

With support from the Crown Prosecution Service, West Midlands Police charged Khan with four counts of rape and two of coercive control − and at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Thursday (2 May) he was jailed for 12 years having been found guilty on one count of rape and the control offences.

He was also put on the sex offenders register for life.

The jury found him not guilty on the other rape charges.

Detective Inspector Cate Webb-Jones from the force’s Public Protection Unit, said: “This young woman completely changed her behaviour in order to please Khan; she missed exams, lied about her injuries and stopped wearing make-up. 

“Fortunately family members spotted these signs and reported it to the police.

“Part of Khan’s abuse was teaching her she couldn’t say ‘no’ to him; he warned that if she did he’d go elsewhere for his gratification. And such was the control he had over her, she stayed with him and said she still loved him despite the fact he subjected her to awful physical and sexual violence. 

"In interview, the woman also told our officers that she was made to watch Islamic faith videos as it would make her a better partner.

“This is one of the worst cases of coercive control we have seen and I’m pleased that a dangerous offender - one that presents a clear threat to women - has been jailed for a long time.

“It also sends out a strong message that such abhorrent behaviour is totally unacceptable and that offenders risk many years behind bars.

“We would encourage anyone who notices similar changes in behaviour in family or friends to report them or refer them to Women’s Aid. We have specialist officers who deal with domestic offences who can protect victims offer practical help." 

For advice around reporting domestic abuse visit https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/domestic-abuse