A Muslim “extremist” accused of repeatedly raping his newly-wed wife told her she would “drown in fire” for being the “worst wife in Cardiff”, a court heard.

The man is alleged to have sexually and physically assaulted his wife, whom he wed over the internet, on an almost daily basis, Cardiff Crown Court was told.

A jury heard the man, who is in his 20s, has such strong religious beliefs that he would punish his wife of two years if she did not conform to his interpretation of Islam.

Marion Lewis, prosecuting, read out to the court a number of text messages which the defendant sent to his wife.

In one, he said: “Allah curse upon you. You evil. There’s no disgusting wife like you in Cardiff. You will drown in fire just wait.”

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