Fitness-fanatic dad 'forced daughter to sign lifetime contract promising to never get fat and weighed her almost daily'

A FITNESS-fanatic father 'forced his daughter to sign a lifetime contract promising to never get fat'.

Dad-of-three Rachid Khadla, 56, also weighed her almost daily and ruled his family with terrifying discipline.

He is facing charges of child cruelty and assault over his treatment of his now adult daughter Amira and sons Hicham and Karim.

A court heard how in 2012, Amira was made to sign an agreement saying: "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." 

The "controlling" father also decided what she could wear, who she could see and talk to, and what she could watch on television.

He regularly hit her with a spoon, punched her arms and chest, and even threw a chair at her which left a lump behind her ear.

Admira said she was "fearful" of her father, who constantly put her down, calling her stupid, a failure and telling her she was rubbish.

Khadla was "very conscious" about fitness and diet and his children's weights were "a constant issue".

He would regularly weigh them "to make sure they had not put on weight".

Khadla also deliberately strangled his son, who is now 18, and beat his fearful offspring with spoons if he considered they had misbehaved, the jury were told.

His wife of 27 years did not intervene but she supported the police prosecution.

She said Khadla had a "quick temper" and would get angry for no reason towards their three children.

Khadla was reportedly "aggravated" by his youngest son Hicham, who struggled with some learning difficulties.


The court heard how on October 16 2019, the schoolboy was cleaning his sister's bedroom when the angry defendant attacked him for being too slow.

Alex Krikler, prosecuting, said: "He punched Hicham to the chest a number of times and then pushed him onto his sister’s bed.

"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.

"Hisham 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."

The next morning, moments before the family had to leave to attend his sister's university graduation ceremony, Hicham told his mother that his father had "crossed a line".

While his family were celebrating, Hisham went to school where he confided in his closest friends about the strangling ordeal.

The boys told their teachers what had happened and the staff informed police, and Khadla was arrested later that evening.

Following his father's arrest, Hitcham revealed how his father had treated him growing up at home.

Mr Krikler told the jury: "For the most minor of transgressions at home, he said that he would regularly get ‘the spoon.’

"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.

"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."

When Amira was just nine years old, she had a chair thrown at her which left a lump behind her ear.

Her father lied to doctors, claiming the injury was caused by a football, the court heard.


Eldest son Karim also recounted the cruelty he suffered as a child.

He remembers "the control, the temper, and the violence" and being punched to the head so forcefully when he was aged 15 years that it knocked him over.

The 26-year-old left home and severed all ties with his family before the allegations came to light.

The jury heard that Khadla's wife Sarah supported her children’s account of how they were ill-treated.

Mr Krikler said: "She 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."

After his arrest, the defendant denied strangling his son, instead claiming he was acting in "self-defence".

He said his son was in a rage and he was in fear so grabbed his son, who had tripped onto the bed, to restrain him.

The prosecutor said: "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.

"He denied threatening his children or physically hurting them, saying that he sometimes shouted, but that was it. He denied controlling his children."

Khadla, of Dedworth Road, Windsor, Berks, denies three counts of child cruelty and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The trial continues.

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