Ms Hove tells of physical and psychological abuse at the Lewes trial

A COURT has heard the account of a woman who was on the brink of suicide after being treated as an “unpaid slave” by her landlady.

The 60-year-old woman spoke of being “pinched, punched, pushed and kicked” among other forms of physical and verbal abuse while working 14-hour days for Farzana Kausar and her family.

Kausar, 58, of Adelaide Crescent, Hove, stands before Lewes Crown Court on a modern slavery offense and a charge of perverting the law. She denies both allegations.

The woman told the court: “She is a violent person. That hurts [Kausar] got me through and ruled my life for God knows how long.

“I didn’t know what to do, really. I was so close to killing myself because it got so bad, but the reason I didn’t do it is because of these kids.”

The court heard in a transcript of the police interrogation of the alleged victim, as “in 16 years [Kausar] never gave me a dime” and that “I haven’t had a life for the last nine years”.

She described how she spent her time as a “servant” and was treated “like a piece of dirt” while living at multiple addresses including Adelaide Crescent, Hove.

A jury heard multiple reports of physical violence and verbal abuse during the woman’s police interview. In one incident, Kausar’s alleged victim had a car door slammed on his leg, his glasses shattered and his hair pulled over a table.

Other alleged abuses include keeping the woman away from her estranged family, including failing to inform the victim of her mother’s death.

Kausar is also accused of opening multiple bank accounts in the victim’s name and transferring funds from them to her own account.

The woman is said to have first worked for Kausar in February 2004, with the alleged abuse taking place over several years before Kausar was arrested on May 15, 2019.

The process is ongoing and is expected to take several weeks. Ms Hove tells of physical and psychological abuse at the Lewes trial

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