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Millionaire City trader, 38, sentenced to four years in Italian prison for beating up ex-girlfriend

Millionaire British City shopkeeper Ajaz Shah Hussain has been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison in Italy for beating his model ex-girlfriend and threatening to burn down her house

A British millionaire shopkeeper from City has been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison in Italy for beating his model ex-girlfriend and threatening to burn down her house.

Ajaz Shah Hussain, 38, also burned his terrified Rania Baffoun, 28, with a hot iron to her face as “punishment” during their stormy 18-month relationship, the court heard.

One of the exhibits in the case against him was the iron and graphic images of the injuries she suffered were shown in court – although he claimed Rania ‘crushed the iron’ while he was using it.

Prosecutor Davide Ercolani told the court in Rimini, Italy, how Hussain, who was the CEO of a foreign trading company called Fortitude Capital, was arrested after police were called to Rania’s apartment.

Married with two children, Hussain – who has luxury homes in Knightsbridge and Milan – was detained after driving to Rimini in his UK-registered £165,000 golden Lamborghini.

The court heard how witnesses described how he shouted and threatened to post a sex tape the couple made before they tried to set the car on fire in January 2020.

Millionaire British City shopkeeper Ajaz Shah Hussain has been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison in Italy for beating his model ex-girlfriend and threatening to burn down her house

Millionaire British City shopkeeper Ajaz Shah Hussain has been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison in Italy for beating his model ex-girlfriend and threatening to burn down her house

One of the exhibits in the case against him was the iron and graphic images of the injuries she had suffered were shown in court - although he claimed Rania had

One of the exhibits in the case against him was the iron and graphic images of the injuries she suffered were shown in court – although he claimed Rania ‘crushed the iron’ while he was using it.

Ajaz Shah Hussain, 38, also burned his terrified Rania Baffoun, 28 (pictured) with a hot iron to her face as 'punishment' during their stormy 18-month relationship, the court heard

Ajaz Shah Hussain, 38, also burned his terrified Rania Baffoun, 28 (pictured) with a hot iron to her face as ‘punishment’ during their stormy 18-month relationship, the court heard

Mr. Ercolani explained how Rania, of Tunisian origin but Italian nationality, suffered repeated domestic violence and was hospitalized twice for her injuries.

She said he burned her with a hot iron as ‘punishment’ and in August 2019 police were called to the Milan flat they shared, after Hussain allegedly strangled her and punched in the face.

Mr Ercolani told the court how a ‘simple household appliance was turned into a deadly weapon’ as he showed pictures of burns on Rania’s face to the shocked audience.

He also described how Hussain filmed himself threatening his girlfriend with a knife saying he would kill her and then “hire the best and most expensive lawyers” to get him out.

Hussain also tried to run Rania down outside her Knightsbridge flat in December 2020 and she then decided to leave him and return to her Rimini home to escape his abusive controlling behavior, the court heard.

As he was arrested outside his home, the prosecutor said he shouted at police: “You don’t scare me, you can’t do anything to me because I can buy whoever I want.”

Married father-of-two Hussain - who has luxury homes in Knightsbridge and Milan - was detained after driving to Rimini in his golden UK-registered £165,000 Lamborghini (pictured)

Married father-of-two Hussain – who has luxury homes in Knightsbridge and Milan – was detained after driving to Rimini in his golden UK-registered £165,000 Lamborghini (pictured)

As Hussain was arrested outside her home (pictured), the prosecutor said he shouted at police:

As Hussain was arrested outside her home (pictured), the prosecutor said he shouted at police: ‘You don’t scare me, you can’t do anything to me because I can buy whoever I want.

Prosecutor Davide Ercolani told the court in Rimini, Italy, how Hussain, who was the CEO of a foreign trading company called Fortitude Capital, was arrested after police were called to Rania's apartment.  Pictured: Court documents showing Hussain's photo after his arrest

Prosecutor Davide Ercolani told the court in Rimini, Italy, how Hussain, who was the CEO of a foreign trading company called Fortitude Capital, was arrested after police were called to Rania’s apartment. Pictured: Court documents showing Hussain’s photo after his arrest

Hussain – who is from Solihull – failed to appear in court and was sentenced in his absence and authorities will now try to extradite him to Italy so he can serve his sentence.

In a court statement, he claimed Rania was a high-class prostitute he had fallen in love with and invited her to live with him in his Knightsbridge flat after meeting her in London in 2018.

He said he gave her more than £150,000 for plastic surgery, including breast enhancement, lip work and dental implants, as well as jewelry and money for a car.

But he said the relationship turned sour at the end of 2019 and she fled to Italy.

In a statement at an earlier hearing, he said: ‘It quickly dawned on me that this woman was just looking for money – even though she told me she no longer had any connections sex with clients.

“Soon after we met a £45,000 watch went missing and she admitted taking it from me.

“I would pay for whatever she wanted but she also got jealous of my wife, I have the right to have a wife and take another wife but she was not happy.

”I spent thousands to keep her out of prostitution but the relationship just got out of hand.

“I didn’t attack her with an iron, what happened was I was ironing something and she accidentally rubbed her arm on it.

“I just went to see her after we finally ended the relationship and wanted to try and get my money back and the Mercedes car I bought her.”

Court documents say his UK address is 199 Knightsbridge, one of London’s most exclusive apartment buildings where homes sell for more than £7million.

His Milan address has been given as Giax Tower, one of Milan’s most luxurious residences where houses sell for over £1million.

Hussain was also ordered to pay compensation of 60,000 euros to Rania and his lawyer Umberto De Gregorio said: “With this verdict, my client has regained a certain serenity that she had lost. Justice was served and the judge believed what happened and it was not the result of her exaggerations or aspiration.

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