London: Luckson Francis Augustine, a 38-year-old Keralite living in Britain, has been banned from meeting his family after he was charged with domestic violence. Luckson, who stood as an independent candidate in last year's general election, was accused of 'controlling or coercive' behavior against his wife and was due to stand trial at Manchester magistrates' court. The restraining order has banned him from meeting his wife for a year. The terms of the order also requires him to liaise with a third party to see his three children.
Luckson is known to have worked in sales before setting up his own telecoms consultancy business. He unsuccessfully contested as a Labour councilor in Trafford, then temporarily switched to the Tories. He stood unsuccessfully for MP in the Wythenshawe constituency in 2017.
His wife, a senior clinician with NHS England, is known as a hard working professional who worked her way up after moving to Britain to work as a nurse. She earned a Masters degree and a made a PhD in 2015.
Luckson was accused by his wife of arranging meetings with escorts online and then berating and assaulting her when she confronted him about it. On November 4, 2017, he told he reportedly assaulted his wife several times when she questioned him about a recent business trip. He is said to have berated his wife for questioning his 'rights as a man' and repeatedly slapped her. Their 12-year-old daughter made a 999 distress call to the police as instructed by her mother. Luckson is also accused of hitting his daughter with a chair.
The wife’s statement had mentioned that their 14-year marriage had deteriorated over the years and he was subjecting her to mental and physical abuse. It also said that he had forced her to take out loans to finance his business and to buy a Land Rover. Luckson was due to stand trial over the charges of ‘controlling and coercive behavior’ against his wife between 2015 and 2017.
The charges were dropped when his wife who was at the court refused to enter the witness box to give evidence against him. Though he escaped sentence, the restraining order that his wife has won against him will cut off his interactions with family. He has reportedly agreed to the terms of the order.
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