AN OPTICIAN who kept a woman as a slave and abused her has been sentenced after being found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) and making threats to kill.
On Thursday, May 16, Shashi Kala Obhrai, 54, of Pembroke Road, Northwood, was given a suspended term of three years and two months.
Her victim had left her family in India on the promise of being employed as a nanny in the UK.
At the trial at Croydon Crown Court in April, the jury heard how Obhrai subjected the woman to relentless physical abuse, which included burning her with an iron, threatening to hurt her with insulin needles, hitting her over the head with a rolling pin, beating her with high-heeled shoes until she was sick, and dragging her down the stairs by her hair.
The victim was forbidden to leave the house and made to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for the six months she was employed by Obhrai in 2007.
On one occasion the victim escaped to a help centre but Obhrai found her, brought her back to the house and threatened to kill her while holding a knife at her throat.
Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland, of the Metropolitan Police Trafficking and Prostitution Unit, said: “I hope that the guilty verdicts and sentencing will help the victim to rebuild her life and serve as a warning to other people who would look to exploit individuals in a vulnerable situation.”