Colin Komi, is standing trial at the Inner London Crown Court for allegedly strangling, kicking and threatening his 17-year-old daughter with scissors because he was upset about the man she wanted to marry. The 45-year-old London based Nigerian and former Kids Company worker also allegedly threatened to kick baby out of daughter's stomach if she got pregnant.
The court heard that how Mr. Okomi poked his 17-year-old daughter Aasiyah in the head with scissors after she fell in love with the ‘wrong boy.” When he found out she had married behind his back he is said to have turned up at the couple's home armed with a dog chain after she refused to have the wedding annulled.
Okomi worked with vulnerable children at the now-defunct charity for seven years and has appeared in court accused of assaulting his daughter and harassing the married couple. It was heard that during a 999 call Aasiyah told the operator: "My dad's just tried to stab my husband. Please take him away from me."
Okomi has admitted going round to the house but denied taking the chain saying: "Anybody who knows Islam knows it is forbidden for a Muslim to have a dog."
Previously Aasiyah told jurors: "He put his hands around my neck and pushed my hands up against the window.
"He then kicked me so hard to my right thigh and I fell to the floor.
"When I was on the floor he kicked me repeatedly. He kicked me in my back, my head and all over my torso.
"He hit me several times with a full two litre plastic water bottle. He hit me with this across the face, splitting my lip open.
"As I was about to leave, my father took some scissors and dug them into the left side of my head three or four times."
Giving evidence at Inner London Crown Court, Okomi maintained his now 18-year-old daughter Aasiyah's marriage to Turkish Muslim Erhan Ozyen, 19, was not valid. He told the jury:
"Some ceremony. I still don't recognise it. That's the reason we are here, because I don't recognise the marriage."
Aasiyah was only 15 when she first mentioned she wanted to marry Erhan in early 2013.
Prosecutors also claim that he put a phone call to his daughter on Christmas day 2014, Okomi demanded the matter be taken back to Brixton Mosque and discussed with the Imam.
During the conversation Okomi told her he would "mash up" and "damage" Erhan, and that if she got pregnant he would "kick the baby out of my stomach", the court heard
But when she refused Okomi is said to have turned up on her doorstep looking menacing with a dog chain in his hand, jurors were told.
Okomi, of Garlinge House, Gosling Way, Stockwell, denies actual bodily harm and harassment.
The trial continues.