Nadeem Asghar Ali
A Motherwell man who threatened to burn his wife’s face with a hot iron has been spared a jail sentence.
Nadeem Asghar Ali, of the town’s Aurelia Court, was given a two-year supervision order when he appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Monday.
He had previously admitted holding a red-hot iron inches from wife Aasma’s cheek.
Now Ali (33), is required to be of good behaviour.
A condition of his sentence is that he has to and to attend the Change programme.
When the case went to trial on September 26 the Sheriff was told that Ali had been arguing with his wife after not being able to find his mobile phone on May 12 this year.
In providing evidence to the court, Mrs Nadeem – Ali’s 30-year-old wife and mother of their two children – said that she felt “scared and unsafe” because of the way her husband was behaving.
In her initial statement to police officers in the wake of the attack, Mrs Nadeem said: “He [Asghar Ali] used his right hand and grabbed my face.
“His thumb was on my right cheek and his fingers were in my mouth.
“He pushed me back on to a table I was doing my ironing on. The iron I was using for my ironing was on the table and it was switched on. It was hot.
“He then put the hot bit of the iron near to my right cheek. I could feel the heat.
“He held it about two inches from my cheek and said: ‘You’re going to tell me or I will burn your face.’”
In court, Mrs Nadeem added that she ran to the bathroom after the incident and immediately called the police on her mobile phone.
Asghar Ali – who previously denied the accusation – altered his plea to guilty in the wake of his wife’s evidence.
Sentencing was then adjourned until Monday to allow the court to compile reports on Ali.
A Criminal Justice Social Work report assessed the 33-year-old as “minimum risk”.