Senior eye doctor, 55, faces being struck off after hitting his wife in the face with a broom handle at breakfast after she told him off for staying out all night with friends
- Dr Amjad Raja grabbed the broom and hit his wife of 18 years, Maria, with it when he arrived back home – and she found a picture of a woman on his phone
- During the bust up, Raja followed his wife downstairs and struck her on at least two occasions
- He also smashed her £500 mobile phone into the wall and she suffered an injury to her thumb when the broom handle hit her hand
- The 55-year-old senior eye doctor now faces being struck off from his job
A bleary eyed senior doctor faces losing his job after hitting his wife in the face with a broom handle during a row at breakfast after she criticised him for staying out all night with friends, a medical tribunal heard.
Dr Amjad Raja, 55, picked up the household equipment and struck his wife of 18 years, Maria, when he got back to the house at 6am following his night out and discovered a picture of a woman on his mobile phone.
After he was woken up, Raja – a former research physician, now running a laser treatment clinic in Manchester – followed his wife down the stairs and then hit her at least twice, including a strike to the face, it was heard.
Raja also threw her £500 mobile phone into the wall and she sustained an injury to her thumb after the broom handle struck her hand while he was ‘aggressively swinging it around’.
Senior eye doctor Dr Amjad Raja faces losing his job after striking his wife with a broom handle after she told him off for staying out all night with friends
The doctor accused his wife for the incident and claimed she had mental health issues and that she had given him ‘permission’ to stay out late
At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal in Manchester, the eye doctor accused his wife for the incident and claimed she had mental health issues and that she had given him ‘permission’ to stay out into the early hours of the morning.
The 55-year-old told the hearing: ‘It’s one of those Friday evenings which had been agreed between me and my wife.
‘I work all week and look forward to that Friday evening and meet all my friends. We all wanted to have some drinks and I got permission from home off my wife. She understood that if I had too much to drink I would stay there until I got sober and then I would drive back home.
‘She never objected before to this, there had been some occasions when I had to stay there and then I got sober and felt okay.’
Speaking about the incident, he added: ‘When I came back I actually thought it was about 4.30am and my first priority was to get some sleep as I had a clinic starting.
‘I can’t remember how long I had been in bed for when I felt pain and discomfort and I found my wife trying to pull my fingers back to put my thumb on my phone. I was half asleep and she was shouting: “turn on your phone.”
‘She asked me about one of my friends who was there that night and she was angry and pushing and punching me and saying: “Who’s this?”
‘I remember the name of a male friend who I had been with and I told her and I just want to go back to bed. In my mind, it’s another one of those nights and I just want to go to sleep.
‘It’s happened before many times and she would get angry but realise the next morning and life goes on. But she was talking to someone and came back in anger and punched me on the back and mentioned the name of a lady I knew and have known for two years. She’s my friend and she’s actually married to a female girlfriend and lives happily.
‘She mentioned her and I said: “okay I will call her” and then my wife went downstairs. On my mind, were two things – I want to go to sleep and secondly I want to have my phone next to me but she’s taken my phone. At that stage, I heard some kind of bang or smash, went downstairs and saw there was on the floor a mess of plates and cups.
Raja is a former research physician, who is now running a laser treatment clinic in Manchester
‘She had a broom and was shouting and was kind of red. She would break things as she normally does when she’s angry a lot and she was angry about me coming in late which has happened before. I went back to my bed and she said she says: “No, no I’m calling the police.”
‘I started putting my clothes back on and she went down and I went downstairs and the police arrived and took me to the police station.’
Raja added: ‘I did appeal against the conviction. It’s very stressful having never ever been accused of anything. Nobody believed me and nobody seemed to mention the plates and cups that were broken when I came downstairs. She’s smashed the plates and cups and everything.
‘I can’t live with this thing and that I have been accused of something which I have not done.’
At the trial at Stockport magistrates court, Raja was ordered to complete a 12-month community order, 80 hours unpaid work and pay £500 compensation plus an £85 surcharge.
Lawyer for the General Medical Council, Emma Gilsenan, said: ‘Dr Raja returned home late and became embroiled in an argument with his wife. He followed her downstairs and assaulted her by striking her to the head on two occasions.
‘Dr Raja is alleged to have smashed a phone into the wall causing damage to the wall and smashed the phone onto the floor causing it to break.
‘It is also alleged he picked up a plastic sweeping brush and swung it around aggressively and caused an injury to his wife.
‘In a police interview, he was asked about the damaged broom which he used to hit his wife with. He was also asked whether he hit his wife in the face just behind her hair after he smashed her phone. He was then asked whether he hit her a second time after he picked up the broom and started swinging it around. He was waving the broom when it collided with her thumb.
‘There was a picture of her thumb and the swelling caused to it but he denied hitting her. Dr Raja has sought to minimise his actions dramatically and paints a different less serious picture to the tribunal than made out by the evidence and conviction.
‘He’s made unsupported allegations about his wife at the time in relation to her mental state and her aggressive behaviour and propensity to violence and her character and credibility. There has not been an appeal hearing in any crown court.
‘Dr Raja’s conduct is also compounded by his failing to accept his behaviour to demonstrate insight or remorse into his behaviour. He demonstrated a patent lack of insight into the impact of his actions.
‘The way in which he assaults his wife by hitting her to the face behind the hair and the use of a weapon is conduct unbefitting of a medical practitioner.’
The hearing continues.
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