A WOMAN has been accused of forcing another woman to live and work for her for five years.
Farzana Kausar is being charged in a modern slavery case relating to the woman who lived with Kausar and her family.
Ryan Richeter, prosecutor, told Lewes Crown Court Kausar he physically, emotionally and financially abused the now 60-year-old woman for a period of around five years until 2019.
Kausar, 58, of Adelaide Crescent, Hove, is also accused of perverting the course of justice. She denies both allegations.
The pair are said to have met in 2004 when the woman began renting a property in Worthing from Kausar’s mother.
The woman, who has suffered from alcoholism for several years, is said to have become dependent on Kausar after being estranged from her family.
Mr Richeter said Kausar allegedly treated her like a domestic servant, forcing her to cook, clean and look after her children for no pay.
He said Kausar increasingly controlled the woman, including through physical violence and verbal abuse. She is also accused of exercising control of her bank accounts.
Kausar is also accused of regularly transferring money from accounts she had in the woman’s name to her own bank account.
Mr Richeter said police were finally alerted after Michelle Ormiston, who was briefly employed by Kausar as a nanny, reported the alleged abuse. It is believed that the woman had previously attempted to report the situation to her GP herself.
After her arrest on May 15, 2019, Kausar is said to have put pressure on the woman to withdraw her allegations.
Prosecutors allege that Kausar tried to get her to write a letter to the police dropping all charges against her and blaming Mrs Ormiston and Kausar’s sister Shadnam.
The court heard Kausar owns a number of properties including those at Lennox Road, Worthing and Hanover Street, Brighton. She also owns properties in London.
The case is ongoing and is expected to continue for several weeks.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/22644770.hove-woman-stands-trial-modern-slavery-offence/?ref=rss Mrs Hove is on trial for modern slavery