Millionaire accused of assault after wife broke three-month silence to argue about son
A ROW between a millionaire couple, who lived at opposite ends of their sixbedroom home and had not spoken to each other in three months, ended in court after the wife accused her husband of assault.
Mohammed Majid, a 53-year-old property tycoon, was arrested after an argument over the private schooling of the couple’s son was alleged to have turned violent.
He was in bed when Shazia Majid, 45, his estranged wife, marched into his room to demand a 1am discussion about their eldest boy’s education.
She asked if their son could go to a different school and the couple debated the issue for around five hours, until, at 6am, a furious argument broke out in which Mr Majid was said to have grabbed his wife by the ankle as she sat on a sofa and then dragged her to the floor. He was also accused of twisting her wrist, grabbing her by the neck then throwing her out of the bedroom.
Police were called to the £1.8 million detached gated property, in Bowdon, near Altrincham, Cheshire, after Mrs Majid, who runs a graphic design business, claimed she suffered swelling on her wrist and seven bruises on her body including her right arm and buttock.
Mr Majid, who runs a property firm in Manchester, was arrested at his office and stood trial at Manchester magistrates’ court charged with assault by beating. He admitted a row took place but denied any wrongdoing.
He told the court: “I said that I had had enough and was going to file for divorce and get custody of the two children. She said she was going to call the police and have me locked up for 20 years.”
Dianne Webb-hobson, the magistrate, found him not guilty. She 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.”
He has now moved to a £700,000 home nearby and the pair are in the process of divorcing. The couple, whose neighbours include James Anderson, the England cricketer, had been married for 14 years and have two children, aged seven and two.
Several years ago their marriage became strained and they started living at separate ends of their property.
Prior to the row, they had not spoken for three months despite living under the same roof.