Bedfordshire Police secures first ever forced marriage conviction

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A violent man who forced someone to marry him so he could stay in the UK, subjecting her to physical and mental abuse, has become the first person to be convicted of a forced marriage offence in Bedfordshire.

Kulbir Singh Moroak was brought to justice after a concerned friend contacted Bedfordshire Police to report the abuse in November of last year.

The victim told police how Moroak had subjected her to physical and verbal abuse for months and forced her into marriage.

Due to the fear Moroak had instilled in her, the victim was initially reluctant to speak with police, but the force’s specialist Emerald domestic abuse team remained in contact with her and continued to provide support.

The situation escalated after a second incident when Moroak assaulted her and then forced her to speed away from police in a bid to prevent his arrest.

Police were able to stop the vehicle and saw the victim was extremely distressed. She was taken to hospital while Moroak was arrested and taken into custody.

The victim found the courage to support the police investigation, detailing the physical abuse and controlling behaviour she had been subjected to for months.

The abuse was all part of a ploy by Moroak, 28, who had remained in the country illegally and was hoping to use his marriage to get a UK passport and visa.

Earlier this week (Tuesday) at Luton Crown Court, Moroak, of Roman Road, Luton, was found guilty of forced marriage, coercive and controlling behaviour, three counts of common assault and two counts of intentional strangulation.

There were a total of five further counts of assault and intentional strangulation which were not proceeded with.

Moroak is due for sentencing on 21 July.

Detective Sergeant Nash Hussain, from Bedfordshire Police’s specialist Emerald domestic abuse team, said: “We are working tirelessly around the clock to put violent perpetrators like this behind bars.

“I cannot commend the survivor in this case highly enough for her bravery. She was under unimaginable psychological pressure not to speak to us and I am so proud of her for overcoming her fear and finding the courage to report what was happening to her.

“I also want to say a particular thank you to DC Chloe Plowman for all her emotional support for the victim and going the extra mile to secure justice for such a vulnerable person.

“We know domestic abuse can often leave victims feeling vulnerable and scared to speak to police, but please be assured that we will do everything we can to support you if you choose to support criminal action.”