Man who attacked wife twice granted cab licence

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A man who choked his wife with a scarf as she tried to escape a beating from him has been granted a cab driver’s licence.

Anwar Ul-Haq was placed on a non-harassment order in 2015 for three years following two attacks on the woman and told not to approach or contact her in any way following these incidents.

In September 2014 at a property on St Andrew’s Drive in Glasgow he pulled his then wife toward him and slapped her on the face.

The next month he slapped her on the face again. When she tried to leave the room he put a scarf around her neck and pulled her towards him.

Ul-Haq was hauled before Glasgow City Council’s licensing committee to explain himself.

The committee heard Ul-Haq carried out these offences while working as a private hire car driver for the council.

He said: “I have moved from Pakistan to the UK in 1999. We had separated after 15 years of marriage.

“It was one of the hardest times of my life and I did hit her on the face.

“The circumstances are against me but I have had no contact with my ex wife since then. Before this I had no criminal conviction and I have not been in trouble since.

“I was never in trouble with the law in Pakistan. I was previously a cab driver in Glasgow and never hit anyone.

“I always treated my customers with respect. I never received any complaints against me at my work.

“I am now happily re-married but I need to be able to support my family financially.”

The committee were informed that Ul-Haq had a private hire car driver’s licence between 2013-2016.

Councillor John Kane asked: “Why do you want to go back to taxi driving?”

Mr Ul-Haq responded: “I currently sell things online but I am struggling. I need financial support.”

Following the meeting members agreed to grant the licence and issued a warning.