A fitness-obsessed British man made his daughter sign a lifelong “contract” promising to never get fat — and weighed her almost daily as he ruled his family with an iron first, according to a report.
Rachid Khadla, 56, faces charges of child cruelty and assault over his alleged treatment of his now-adult daughter, Amira, and sons, Hicham and Karim, Hyde News & Pictures reported.
“I, Amira Khadla, will never let myself get fat. I will do lots of exercise to make sure I will never get fat, even until I die,” Khadla’s daughter wrote in her 2012 agreement, a court heard.
Amira’s domineering dad also allegedly assaulted her — regularly hitting her with a spoon, punching her in the chest and even once throwing a chair at her — and decided what she could wear, whom she could see and what she could watch on TV, according to the news agency.
The fitness fanatic, from Windsor just outside London, was always consumed with his kids’ girth and would weigh them to make sure they didn’t pack on the pounds, it said.
He also choked his now-18-year-old son and beat the children with spoons if he believed they had misbehaved, the court heard Tuesday.
Khadla’s wife of 27 years, Sarah, did not intervene in the abuse, but supported his prosecution, saying he had a “quick temper,” according to the report.
The father was reportedly “aggravated” by his younger son, Hicham, who had learning difficulties. In October 2019, he allegedly attacked the boy for being too slow when he was cleaning his sister’s room.
“He punched Hicham to the chest a number of times and then pushed him onto his sister’s bed,” prosecutor Alex Krikler said.
“He then placed both hands around his neck and strangled him for quite some time — five to 10 seconds — before pulling him up, punching him to the chest and walking away,” he said. “Hicham had tried to say ‘stop’ but had been unable to speak.
“He could not breathe and although the marks left by the strangulation were relatively minor, the incident was extremely frightening,” Krikler added.
Hicham told his mother the next day that his father had “crossed a line,” then shared his ordeal with schoolmates while the family celebrated his sister’s university graduation.
The boys told their teachers what Hicham had told them and the staff informed police, who arrested Khadla that evening.
“For the most minor of transgressions at home, he said that he would regularly get ‘the spoon,’” Krikler told the jury.
“His father would make him put his hands out and would smack the palms of his hands with a wooden spoon. He also described how his father would push and punch him and on occasion throw things at him,” he said.
“The abuse was not just physical. The defendant would also threaten extreme violence, that he would ‘splatter his brains across the ceiling and kill him.’ His father would tell him that he was weak,” Krikler added.
The elder son, Karim, now 26, recounted “the control, the temper and the violence” — and being struck in the head so forcefully when he was 15 that it knocked him over.
Karim left home and cut all ties with the family before the allegations emerged.
Krikler said the mother “describes the control he exerted over the family and how he had a quick temper and would get angry for no reason. That anger she describes as being directed towards the children.”
Khadla claimed he attacked Hicham in “self-defense,” saying he was afraid of his enraged son so he tried to restrain him.
“When asked how he would discipline his children, he said when they were younger, he would smack them on the bottom, but otherwise he said that he had never beaten or physically chastised them,” Kirkler said.
“He denied threatening his children or physically hurting them, saying that he sometimes shouted, but that was it. He denied controlling his children.”
Khadla faces three counts of child cruelty and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.