Man with three wives beat, humiliated and controlled woman in shocking campaign of abuse

A man with three wives has been jailed for more than two years for assaulting, controlling and humiliating a woman.

Shadi Badawood, 36, had denied any wrongdoing but was convicted by a jury of controlling or coercive behaviour, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm after a trial at Hull Crown Court.

The Saudi Arabian national, who was studying for a PhD at Hull University at the time, was found not guilty of rape and a further assault occasioning actual bodily harm against the same woman.

Badawood, whose defence was funded by the Saudi embassy, is now likely to be deported on release at the half-way stage of his 27-month sentence.

JAILED: Shadi Badawood

JAILED: Shadi Badawood

‘Caused serious emotional harm’

Jailing him on Friday, Judge David Tremberg told him he had conducted a “campaign of multi-faceted intimidation, violence and humiliation”, which had caused his victim “serious and deep-seated emotional harm”.

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