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Man admits beating 'disrespectful' sister with metal bar
An angry brother repeatedly beat his younger sister with a metal bar after accusing her of disrespecting their parents.
Amir Khan, 24, was angry that the 17-year-old was planning to run away from the family home in Sleapcross Gardens, St Albans.
Khan of Broadway, Bradford, confronted her as she was taking some of her belongings out the house and putting them by a shed.
She was planning to leave home, for the second time, because her mother Yasmin Khan had seen a photograph of her with a boy, St Albans crown court heard on Monday.
When she told him she needed a break and wanted to see her friends, he accused her of disrespecting her parents and began hitting her.
He then hit her five or six times with a metal pole. She sent a text to a friend after the attack and the police were called.
A consultant paediatrician found swelling to her left ankle and foot and multiple injuries including to the face, both arms, both legs, buttocks and abdomen.
Khan pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm on June 12 2013. Prosecutor Peter Shaw said Khan had no previous convictions.
Dominic Woolard, defending, asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.
Judge Stephen Gullick adjourned sentence until March 31. He granted Khan bail to live at the address in Bradford.