A Renfrew woman accused of attacking children, her husband and breaking bail conditions was cleared of all wrongdoing - after a judge ruled she was in the dock because of cultural differences between Scotland and Pakistan. 

Beenish Usman, 35, went on trial at Paisley Sheriff Court amid claims she attacked two children and tried to bribe one to keep quiet.

She denied assaulting a 12-year-old and six-year-old boy by punching and slapping them on the head and body and repeatedly hitting the younger child with a mobile phone. She also denied hitting, kicking and spitting on her husband.

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She denied attempting to pervert the course of justice by trying to bribe her son by offering him money to not tell police.

The alleged offences were said to have been committed on July 9 and 12 this year and she was granted bail in connection with the case earlier this month and given special bail conditions banning her from going to the home she shared with her husband in Renfrew - where the alleged assaults were said to have taken place.

The trial began but Procurator Fiscal Depute John Penman pulled the plug on the prosecution, telling Sheriff James Spy he was no longer seeking a conviction after the 12-year-old boy gave evidence.

Usman then went on trial charged with breaching bail conditions by being back at her marital home on July 14 this year.

She denied she had been found hiding in a cupboard by police, telling the court: “I was not in the cupboard - I was near to the cupboard. 

“I am not clothes - I had no reason to be in the cupboard. 

“There is no CCTV, no evidence I was in the cupboard.”

She said her husband asked her to come back to their home. She said:

“He had a trip to Pakistan. He was getting furious. I said, ‘no, we have to abide by the law’.”

Sheriff James Spy asked her: “Does it come down to this - you were there because your husband wanted you there and told you to come home? Is it because of the culture here?”

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Usman replied: “Yes.”

Sheriff Spy then said: “I’m going to find you not guilty. I accept the explanation and that you’re largely facing this because of the actions of your husband.”