There will be no bail for a Quebec City man who is accused of threatening to burn his wife’s face and genitals with acid, forcing her to have sex and citing the Koran to justify beating their children.
The 40-year-old man was arrested on Jan. 26 after his wife filed a complaint with police, alleging that he had threatened her in a Walmart.
"The accused is possessive, he feels his wife belongs to him. He invokes the Koran when he hits his children. He tells his wife that if she leaves him, he will burn her face and genitals with acid. Today, his wife has left him, and she in danger because of it," Judge Bernard Lemieux said in his ruling Friday.
In ordering that the accused remain behind bars, Lemieux cited alleged threats by the man that he would flee to Morocco with his children.
After the initial complaint was filed, the man allegedly emptied the joint bank account and took the family's passports and the children's health insurance cards.
"Although the accused has said the money would be used to pay the mortgage and that he did not know where the kids' papers are, the court does not believe him," said Lemieux.
In her statement to police, the woman said that since her husband’s arrival in Quebec in 2003, she has repeatedly been a victim of his violence, including being forced to have sex every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. She also said he had repeatedly struck their children as a form of punishment.