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Man jailed for brutal attack on ex-wife after she married again

In a pre-sentence report, Javad Arabhalvaei had claimed to have been “kind” in not reporting Ms Ali-Kaei to the Iranian Court, saying she could have been put to death for being unfaithful to him.

05 March, 2021 — By Bronwen Weatherby

Javad Arabhalvaei

A MAN has been jailed for 15 years for brutally attacking his ex-wife who he still regarded as his “property” after discovering she had re-married.

Javad Arabhalvaei, 45, flew into a jealous rage at Parissa Ali-Kaei after learning she had a new husband, which he found out after secretly recording her.

He crept up behind Ms Ali-Kaei as she was getting ready for bed in August last year, the Old Bailey heard. Arabhalvaei, who lives in Finchley Road, accused her of cheating on him and in the ensuing struggle he tried to cover her mouth with packing tape and began choking her, telling her:“I will kill you tonight”.

Their 16-year-old son who was asleep at the time was awoken by his mother’s screams and tried to intervene but was stabbed by his father in the lower chest.

The defendant later stabbed Ms Ali-Kaei in the back as she ran to open a window to shout for help.

Both were found bleeding when police finally entered the apartment. As well as a stab wound, Ms Ali-Kaei had suffered injuries to her neck, face and inside her mouth.

According to court documents Arabhalvaei and Ms Ali-Kaei were married in Iran in 2002 but had lived mainly in the UK. They had separated on three occasions and eventually divorced according to Islamic Law in 2011.

But by 2020 they were again living together in a rented flat sleeping in separate rooms.  Ms Ali-Kaei had met and married a man who was living in Iran but she had not told the defendant about that new relationship for fear of losing custody of her son.

Arabhalvaei claimed he had left a mobile phone hidden in the flat which had been recording her for three weeks prior to the assault.

The device went on to record part of the violent incident and became a crucial piece of evidence in the case.

In the trial Arabhalvaei claimed he had been trying to calm his ex-wife down during an argument. However a jury convicted him of two counts of wounding with intent for stabbing his ex-wife and their son. He was cleared of attempted murder.

In a pre-sentence report Arabhalvaei had claimed to have been “kind” in not reporting Ms Ali-Kaei to the Iranian Court, saying she could have been put to death for being unfaithful to him.

In her victim impact statement, Ms Ali-Kaei described her relationship with the defendant over the years as coercive and controlling and said she now lives in “constant fear and anxiety”.

An indefinite restraining order is in place stopping Arabhalvaei contacting Ms Ali-Kaei or her son.

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