Kosovan refugee threatened to cut out his wife’s heart because she had become ‘too English’
- Behar Kasemi told police Kosovan women should ‘obey their husbands’
- 42-year-old made comments after being arrested for threatening his wife
- He was told not to return to marital home in Swindon but breached order
- Kasemi jailed for four weeks for breaching Domestic Violence Prevention Notice
A Kosovan refugee has been jailed after threatening to cut out his wife’s heart because she had become ‘too English’.
Behar Kasemi, 42, told police that he believed women in Kosovo should ‘obey their husbands and look after the children’.
He made the comments after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and put under a Domestic Violence Prevention Notice for threatening to cut out his wife’s heart.
He has now been jailed for breaching that order, just hours after it was imposed.
The order had banned Kasemi from returning to his marital home in Swindon, but his wife phoned police to report the breach shortly after he was released from custody.
Detective Constable Rob Sweeney told magistrates at Swindon Magistrates’ Court that Kasemi was ‘aggressive’ during his interview.
He described his wife as having become ‘too English’ before saying: ‘In my country it is for the women to obey their husbands and look after the children.’
Kasemi, who spat at the glass in the dock during the hearing, was jailed for four weeks after admitting breaching the order.
But magistrates criticised police for failing to arrange another option for the defendant. The court was told he had been released on bail at 2.20am and had nowhere else to go.
In my country it is for the women to obey their husbands and look after the children.
– Behar Kasemi
Wayne Hardy, defending, said the Kosovan did not know what else to do after he was eventually released in the middle of the night.
He criticised the police for not helping him or arranging to accompany him to collect his belongings or money from the family home.
Geoff Earl, chairman of the bench, also asked DC Sweeney: ‘What on earth do you think was going to happen?’
‘You threw him out on the streets from the police with no money, no keys and no accommodation at 2.30 in the morning with a notice saying he can’t go home and if he does he is committing a serious offence and you expect him to be back here at ten in the morning.
‘You have to understand that makes no sense. These orders have to be applied with a degree of common sense.’