Jury retires in girl murder trial

Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A jury has begun considering verdicts in the trial of a mother and her lesbian lover accused of killing her daughter after getting caught up in a bizarre web of fictional characters on Facebook and text.

Polly Chowdhury, 35, and Kiki Muddar, 43, allegedly murdered eight-year-old Ayesha Ali at their home in Chadwell Heath in August 2013.

Ayesha’s body was found in her bedroom covered in more than 40 injuries, including a bite mark and carpet burns, their Old Bailey trial has heard.

The jury was told that Muddar had created a set of alter egos on Facebook and phone text through which she controlled and seduced Ayesha’s mother, Chowdhury.

Muddar expressed her hatred for the innocent child in a series of phone calls and texts and even pretended to have cancer, blaming her for making her condition worse, the court heard.

On the morning of August 29 2013, Muddar had dialled 999 and reported Chowdhury had tried to kill herself and was in the bath and that Ayesha was dead.

Paramedics discovered the body of the little girl “cold and stiff” lying along the side of her bed dressed only in a pair of pink pants. The cause of her death was a head injury.

Both women have denied being responsible for Ayesha’s death. Muddar, who did not give evidence, says she stayed at her parents’ house on the night the little girl died.

And Chowdhury told the court that Muddar was giving her a cold bath as punishment for wetting herself while she was on her computer in the living room at the time Ayesha received her fatal injury.

Muddar, of Green Lane, Ilford, and Chowdhury, of Broomfield Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, deny murder, manslaughter and causing or allowing the death of a child between March 1 and August 29 2013.

The jury was sent home to resume deliberations tomorrow morning.

Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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