A 34-year-old physics teacher has been banned from teaching for life after travelling abroad to marry a 13-year-old girl when he was 22 years old.

A Teaching Regulation Authority panel heard that, during a summer break whilst working at the London Nautical School, Joshim Nur travelled to Bangladesh and married the girl and had a sexual relationship with her.

He claimed he thought the girl was 18, but the panel sitting in Coventry saw a statement from the girl who said she had written to the teacher before their marriage and told him her age.

“Mr stated that he had understood his wife was 18 years old at the time of their marriage. The panel saw evidence that this statement was supported by a marriage certificate which was used to apply for a passport for Child A following their marriage.

“The panel did not find it plausible that Mr Nur could have mistaken a 13-year-old child for an eighteen year old, and that this misconception continued over a four year period.

The panel ruled that he engaged in a relationship with the girl between August 2006 and April 2009

Now Nur has been been banned from teaching for life.

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