- Ghalib Hussain had learning difficulties and was targeted by relatives in a three-year campaign of violence
- He suffered a broken hip in one particularly brutal attack, Burnley Crown Court heard
PUBLISHED: 11:20 EST, 30 March 2012 | UPDATED: 11:21 EST, 30 March 2012
Accused: Nek Alam, 71, pictured, and three members of his family are accused of leading a terrifying campaign of violence against Ghalib Hussein
A child-like man nicknamed ‘The Clown’ by his own family was subjected to a campaign of violence and cruelty by relatives who regarded him as a financial burden, a court was told today.
In one of many painful and humiliating punishments Ghalib Hussain, 27, of Accrington, Lancashire, had one end of a pair of jump leads clamped onto his nose and was hit with the other end because he cannot read and write, Burnley Crown Court heard.
On other occasions Mr Hussain was punched in the face when he failed to learn Arabic text and was also warned he would be buried alive in a cemetery and have his tongue ripped out.
He was also whipped with a belt and a stick by those who should have cared for him, it is alleged.
At Burnley Crown Court, his uncle Nek Alam, 72, and Alam’s sons Janghir Alam, 29, Zahir Alam, 33, and Zahoor Alam, 32, went on trial accused of false imprisonment, making threats to kill and causing grievous bodily harm.
The jury was told he also had to kiss the feet of his uncle and was not allowed to eat until he was told to.
Finally he was rescued by police who found him huddled on a settee at his home unable to stand due to a broken right hip, said to be inflicted when he was forced to the ground and jumped on.
He had earlier been found wandering around the area and he clung onto a lamp-post in a distressed state when officers tried to take him home.
These regular beatings and threats over a three year period were because he was seen by his family as ‘slow in the head’ and a ‘mental case.’
The jury was told Mr Hussain had been unable to read or write and to speak little or no English and had little or no formal education.
Mr Jeremy Lasker, prosecuting, said Mr Hussain came to Britain in about 2006 from his native Pakistan as a result of an arranged marriage to Nek Alam’s daughter, Sofia.