Abusive husband caged

PUBLISHED: 16:59 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:46 25 August 2010

A HUSBAND who physically and sexually abused his wife for 16 years has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

A HUSBAND who physically and sexually abused his wife for 16 years has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Gurdawar Singh Chima, 45, from Sidcup, was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court last Thursday after he was found guilty of rape and actual bodily harm.

Chima regularly raped and beat his malnourished wife, who had little contact with the outside world.

He married her in India, in 1991, and a year later she joined him in Britain, where she could no speak no English and had no friends.

The abuse began soon after her arrival.

Throughout her ordeal she was fed only a small amount of food which left her malnourished and weak.

When she was fed she was made to sit on the floor in the corner of the kitchen.

After a bid for freedom, in 1996 to a refuge, she was persuaded by Chima that things would change and returned to him in 1997.

But the abuse continued and her health got worse.

Nine years later, she managed to leave him, but he continued to attack her, in private and in front of her friends.

In September 2007, an associate of Chima's threatened her as she tried to get a divorce from her abusive husband but he was then arrested and charged.

Detective Sergeant Kam Sodhi, from Bexleyheath Public Protection Unit, who investigated the case, said:

"The actions of Chima defy belief. He subjected a vulnerable and isolated woman to a savage and sadistic ordeal, which is one of the most disturbing cases I have investigated.

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