A student at Bangor University was spared jail after he “violently attacked and abused” his wife in the city.
John Nwadiaju, 34, was handed a suspended sentence and unpaid work at Caernarfon Crown Court today (May 5).
He had assaulted his wife, Kosisochukwu Stella Echem, on October 13, 2022.
Prosecuting, Paulinus Barnes told the court that Nwadiaju and Mrs Echem married in Nigeria in April 2022, having been in a relationship since the previous October.
But they separated in August 2022, with Mrs Echem having reported abuse and violence inflicted upon her by Nwadiaju in Nigeria previously.
He then came to the UK to study a masters course in environmental and business management in Bangor, and in October 2022, she arranged to visit him, hoping for reconciliation.
She arrived at his shared house in Bangor just before 12pm October 13, along with friends and family members, but Nwadiaju soon became abusive to her.
While there, he told her she was going to Edinburgh with him, and would have to obtain two jobs to support him.
He pushed her into a room and locked her in, but she managed to escape.
Nwadiaju had taken her passport and Personal Independence Payment card, and when she tried to retrieve it from his pocket, he assaulted her repeatedly.
Police arrested him at the scene, and traces of blood were found both on his person and at his property.
He confirmed to police that, though he and Mrs Echem had separated, they remained married.
Defending, Richard Edwards said that Nwadiaju, who has no previous convictions, no longer has contact with Mrs Echem, and does not wish to.
Nwadiaju was found guilty having maintained his actions were in self-defence.
He is living in Bangor as a resident in the UK on a 12-month student Visa, with his course due to end in September.
A job in Edinburgh had been offered to him, but if Nwadiaju was to take it, he would need to apply to the Home Office for a five-year work Visa; that has been put on hold due to the court proceedings.
Nwadiaju was described as a “conscientious student” and a “valued member of the course”, with an “excellent attendance record” and “good academic performance”.
“He’s an intelligent man, and he wants to do all that he could possibly do to ensure that he maintains his liberty,” Mr Edwards said.
Sentencing, Judge Nicola Saffman sentenced Nwadiaju to 11 months’ imprisonment, suspended for one year.
Nwadiaju must also carry out 250 hours’ unpaid work.
Judge Saffman told Nwadiaju: “I see you’re performing well at Bangor University, and you have plans for the future.
“(But) it’s clear that you have no genuine empathy or remorse for what you’ve done to your wife.
“A wife should feel safe within a relationship.”
Credit: North Wales Chronicle