Mil­lion­aire ac­cused of as­sault af­ter wife broke three-month si­lence to ar­gue about son

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Camilla Turner

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.

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