Mil­lion­aire held af­ter fight with wife over son’s pri­vate school­ing

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‘Hadn’t spo­ken for three months’

A MIL­LION­AIRE prop­erty ty­coon was ar­rested af­ter a fight with his es­tranged wife over their son’s pri­vate school­ing.

Mo­hammed Ma­jid, 53, and wife Shazia, 45, had been sleep­ing in op­po­site ends of their £1.8mil­lion home and not spo­ken for three months when the row broke out.

Mag­is­trates were told Mrs Ma­jid went to talk to her hus­band be­cause she was wor­ried their seven-year- old son was un­happy at the £12,000-a-year grammar school he at­tended.

But af­ter five hours of dis­cus­sions the pair be­gan brawl­ing, with Mrs Ma­jid later ac­cus­ing her hus­band of drag­ging her across the floor by her an­kle.

He also al­legedly twisted her wrist and grabbed her by the neck, be­fore throw­ing her out of his bed­room. She later started bang­ing and kick­ing at the door and hurl­ing abuse at him, the court was told.

Po­lice were even­tu­ally called to the cou­ple’s de­tached gated prop­erty in Bow­don, near Al­trin­cham, Cheshire, and Mr Ma­jid, who runs a prop­erty firm, was ar­rested at his of­fice.

De­tails of the ar­gu­ment emerged at Manch­ester Mag­is­trates’ Court on Thurs­day, when Mr Ma­jid faced a charge of as­sault by beat­ing. He ad­mit­ted a row took place but was cleared of wrong­do­ing. He has now moved to a £700,000 home nearby and the pair are di­vorc­ing.

The court heard that the feud­ing cou­ple, whose neigh­bours in their up­mar­ket area in­clude Eng­land cricket star Jimmy An­der­son, had been mar­ried for 14 years and have two chil­dren aged seven and two.

But sev­eral years ago their mar­riage be­came strained and they started liv­ing at sep­a­rate ends of their sixbed­room prop­erty. Mrs Ma­jid, who runs a graphic de­sign busi­ness, told the court the ar­gu­ment in Fe­bru­ary broke out af­ter she went to talk to her hus­band about their el­dest son, who was hav­ing a dif­fi­cult time in the ju­nior school part of fee-pay­ing Manch­ester Grammar, around 1am.

‘We hadn’t spo­ken for three months and I wanted to clear the air about the school­ing is­sues,’ she said.

‘He was not asleep – he was in bed but he was mov­ing and I could tell he was awake. But my hus­band was ig­nor­ing and not giv­ing me an­swers.

‘I was mostly speak­ing but he wasn’t lis­ten­ing.

‘We were chat­ting for a few hours and at about 6am he said: “Get out of my room.” But I said that it was my room as much as his and re­fused to leave.’

She claimed Mr Ma­jid shouted: ‘Let me show you what I can do to you,’ be­fore grab­bing her but­tock and drag­ging her across the bed. He later took her by the an­kle and pulled her across the floor, she said.

‘I was try­ing to re­sist but he was very strong so I couldn’t do any­thing,’ Mrs Ma­jid added.

‘He grabbed my right wrist and twisted it hard and pushed me around the bed­room, hold­ing my neck, and with full force he threw me out of the door.’

Mr Ma­jid agreed that there was an ar­gu­ment but he de­nied as­sault­ing his wife.

He claimed that she was ‘rant­ing and scream­ing’ at him for hours and that he dis­agreed with her about their son’s school­ing, telling the court he be­lieved the child was ‘set­tled’ at the grammar school.

A po­lice of­fi­cer who saw Mrs Ma­jid said she ‘seemed up­set’ and he noted bruises to her wrist area and up­per arm.

But mag­is­trates found Mr Ma­jid not guilty.

Dianne Webb-Hob­son, chair­man of the bench, said: ‘Whilst the main facts are not in dis­pute and a con­ver­sa­tion did take place, we found Mrs Ma­jid’s ev­i­dence in­con­sis­tent and Mr Ma­jid’s con­sis­tent.’

Feud: Mo­hammed Ma­jid and his wife Shazia. Left, their £1.8mil­lion Cheshire home

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