A “cruel” cabbie who subjected his wife to years of abuse has been jailed for more than three-and-a-half years. The Swindon Advertiser reports that Mohit Wadhwa, 37, attacked his wife physically and verbally, ordered she cut herself off from her parents, demanded she take out a £10,000 loan and threatened her with divorce. The taxi driver, who had an open affair with another woman while married to his wife, had denied charges of controlling and coercive behaviour and assault causing actual bodily harm to his wife. But last month, a jury saw through his lies – taking less than four hours to unanimously find him guilty of controlling behaviour and two of the ABH charges. Sending Wadhwa to prison for three years and seven months on 18 March, Judge Jason Taylor QC said the dad- of-two had shown “not one iota” of

remorse. The judge said: “You were married to your victim and had two children together. During the course of the marriage you began what was to become an open

affair yet still came back to the marital home as and when it suited you and on your terms. Over a period of almost three years your behaviour ranged from psychological to physical abuse which chipped away at your wife’s self- confidence and self-worth.” “You isolated your wife from her friends and family and with the latter you made her choose you over them to the extent that she didn’t see her parents between 2008 and 2018. Of course, I will only sentence you for the indicted period for when this law was

in force [from 2015], but it is notable that your control was such that her mother never even met her grandson before she sadly passed away. “That lack of compassion and the cru- elty is striking but it fits with your character that I had an opportunity of observing at the trial.” The catalogue of abuse suffered by his wife between 2015 and 2018 caused her to lose so much weight she dropped from a size 12 to a six. She claimed he had been controlling throughout their decade-long relationship. “All in all, over this prolonged period of time you made her life miserable and you treated her with no respect. She was yours to do with as you pleased – a chattel, not a wife,” the Judge said. Wadhwa appeared in court via video link from HMP Bullingdon. He was also made subject to a ten-year restraining order.


A two-year-old girl fell out of the back of a car being driven by her cabbie dad and was hit by a passing taxi. According to the Lancashire Telegraph, Blackburn Magistrates heard that police and an ambulance responded to reports that the child's head had been run over. The court heard that in fact the child was relatively unharmed. Ahmed, 32, from Accrington, pleaded guilty to drug driving. He was made subject to an eight week curfew between 8pm and 8am, banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and £95 victim surcharge. Samantha Hayward, prosecuting, said at 3pm police received reports sug- gesting a two-year-old child had been run by a taxi over near the traffic lights

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at Eastgate retail park. “A witness saw the defendant, who had been driving the car from which the child fell, scoop her up and put her back in his vehicle before driving off,” said Miss Hayward. “Police were making inquiries when he returned with the child and its mother.” Ahmed failed a roadside drug swipe and a later test gave a reading of 2.4 against the legal limit of 2. Zabair Afzal, defending, said the defen- dant had put his daughter in her car seat and fastened the belts. He had dropped his wife off at home and had done some errands during which his brother had remained in the car with the child. “As he drove off he noticed the rear door had swung open and his daughter

had fallen out,” said Mr Afzal. “She is a very active child but at no point did he envisage this could happen.” Mr Afzal said his client picked the girl up and rang his wife who was hysterical. “She demanded that he come home right away,” said Mr Afzal. “He picked her up and returned to the scene.” Mr Afzal said the child suffered no long lasting damage and is “perfectly fine” now.

He said his client had smoked cannabis two days before the incident but had no idea it would still be in is system. “He works as a taxi driver and is the sole bread winner for his wife and three children,” said Mr Afzal. “His biggest punishment is that he will lose his liveli- hood today, as a result of his own actions, and it will impact on his family.”


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