Imprisoned for a “cruel” taxi driver who abused his wife
A “CRUEL” husband who subjected his wife to years of abuse has been jailed for over three and a half years.
Mohit Wadhwa, 37, physically and verbally attacked his wife, ordered her to cut herself off from her parents, asked her to take out a loan of £ 10,000 and threatened her with divorce.
The taxi driver, who had an open affair with another woman while married to his wife, denied the charges of controlling and coercive behavior and assault causing bodily harm to his wife.
Last month, a jury foiled his lies – it took less than four hours to unanimously convict him of controlling behavior and two of ABH’s charges.
Sending Wadhwa to jail for three years and seven months on Thursday, Judge Jason Taylor QC said the father of two had shown “not an iota” of remorse.
Mohit Wadhwa’s police custody photo Photo: WILTSHIRE POLICE
The judge said: “You were married to your victim and had two children together. During the marriage, you started what was to become an open affair, but still returned to the matrimonial home as and when it was convenient and on your terms. Over a period of almost three years, your behavior has ranged from emotional abuse to physical abuse, which has eroded your wife’s self-confidence and self-esteem.
“You isolated your wife from her friends and family and with them you made her choose you over them as she didn’t see her parents between 2008 and 2018. Of course, I didn’t. will convict you only for the period charged when this law was in force [from 2015], but it should be noted that your control was such that his mother never even met her grandson before he passed away.
“This lack of compassion and cruelty is striking, but it matches your character which I had the opportunity to observe at trial.”
The catalog of abuse suffered by his wife between 2015 and 2018 caused her to lose so much weight that she went from a size 12 to a size six or eight. She claimed he had been in control throughout their ten-year relationship.
On one occasion in 2017, he twisted her arm so hard that she feared it might break, then threw her around the room and refused to let her children see her.
After another argument, Wadhwa kicked her hard in the back and then took her car keys, forcing her to accompany the children to school. She was in so much pain that she had to call a cab later that day so she could pick the kids up from school and sit on a donut-shaped pillow to relieve her symptoms.
He slammed her against the wall by the throat, prompting their daughter to stand up for her mother. He laughed at the young girl, telling her that she had “found her voice”.
In 2018, as the woman and her children returned from a trip to America, they were picked up at the airport by her father. Wadhwa followed them in his car and hit the vehicle as they stopped at the traffic lights.
Wadhwa outside Swindon Crown Court last month Photos: ADVER
The man even forced her to take out a £ 10,000 loan in his name, threatening to divorce her if she refused.
“Overall, during this extended period, you made her life miserable and treated her with disrespect. She was up to you to do what you wanted – a good, not a woman, ”Justice Taylor said.
He accused the accused of threatening to divorce, knowing how ashamed his wife would be about a separation. “You took advantage of the fact that she felt trapped. You can shake your head as much as you want, but it just illustrates your complete lack of remorse. ”
This lack of remorse was highlighted later in Thursday’s hearing, when the judge blasted, “Watching you during the trial and watching you watch your wife testify speaks volumes.”
He added, “I have no doubt that forcing your family to testify was an extension of your dominant character.
“In my opinion, there is a complete absence of remorse, not a single iota. ”
In a victim impact statement summarized in court Thursday by prosecutor Caighli Taylor, the Wadhwa victim said things her husband did “came back to her” when she had to appear in court to testify.
Ms Taylor said: “These are memories that she tried to block or shut down and she also said that she basically found the experience of testifying quite difficult. She felt hurt and wanted to cry.
Charley Pattison, attenuating, said his client was of good character at the time of the offense, although he has since been convicted of a domestic violence offense. The character references praised the accused and he expressed remorse, she said.
Wadhwa, formerly of Alton Close, Penhill, appeared in court via a video link from HMP Bullingdon.
He was subject to a 10-year restraining order.
For assistance, call Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service (formerly Swindon Women’s Aid) on 01793 610610 (24 hours) or visit: swadomesticabuse.org. In an emergency, call the police on 999.
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