Muhammad Malik who allegedly killed his wife after falsely accusing her of abusing their two-year-old son was “controlling and verbally abusive” according to his ex-partner. On 22, November 2016, the 32-year-old Asia Tufail was choked to death by Muhammad Malik at their home in Perne Road, Cambridge.

Last year, a hospital order was given to him after admitting manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. In a report it has been also revealed, he made similar abuse claims about his ex-wife who expressed her fear about him to the police.

He told his trial court, Cambridge Crown Court, that Mrs. Tufail had been sexually abusing their child, but there was no evidence about the incident. Psychiatrists agreed he was suffering from a “delusional disorder” that had led him to kill his wife.

A Domestic Homicide Review said that Malik reported his first wife as “Holly” in the report to police on September 2008 for allegedly abusing their son and being a “bad mother”. Officers said that their son was in good health.

Holly told the police that Malik was aggressive and swore in front of their son. The schools of their son also described Malik as a “formidable character”. The couple had divorced and Malik married Mrs. Tufail in an “introduced marriage”. 

The report has also claimed that Mrs. Tufail was totally unaware of his first wife and son until she moved to the UK, near about 18 months after they had married. The report concluded Malik had believed Mrs. Tufail was unhappy in their marriage and said, “his repeated allegations of child abuse are suggestive of a potentially deliberate pattern of behavior linked to domestic abuse”.

However, it also said that his mental health problems may have been a factor in the killing. The report considered Mrs. Tufail’s opportunities to report domestic abuse had been “exceptionally limited” and asked that health workers received more training on asking women about domestic violence. 

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