A mother from Chadwell Heath beat and killed her eight-year-old daughter after her “controlling” lesbian lover convinced her that her child is “evil” and should die, a jury has ruled.
Having been in a twisted romance revolving around fictional Facebook characters, Polly Chowdhury, 35, and Kiki Muddar, 43, were on trial at the Old Bailey for the murder of the Chowdhury’s daughter Ayesha Ali in east London back in August 2013.
Ayesha was found dead in her bedroom having suffered more than 40 injuries, including a bite mark and carpet burns plus the major blow to the head which killed her.
The Jury retired to consider the verdict on February 19 and although cleared of murder, the pair was found guilty of manslaughter.
In the trial, the jury heard that officers investigating the girl’s death discovered a network of fake Facebook accounts which Muddar used to turn Chowdhury against her daughter, who she considered a threat to their relationship.
Among the alter egos was Chowdhury’s ‘cyber boyfriend’ Jimmy and a fake spiritual guide called Skyman. Muddar pretended to have cancer and held Ayesha responsible for making it worse, telling Chowdhury that her daughter was “evil” and needed to be disciplined to get the “bad blood” out of her.
She sent more than 40,000 text messages telling Chowdhury that, “You have no right to ever love or like your evil daughter”.
Prosecutor Richard Whittam QC told the court that a psychiatrist said Muddar was not delusional in her actions and understood what she was doing.
He later told the court that she was rational in her judgements and had “a disgust” for the child. “She didn’t like Chowdhury putting Ayesha above her interests”, he said.
The court heard that Muddar befriended Chowdhury when they lived next door to each other. By pretending she had cancer, Muddar manipulated Chowdhury to give her some sympathy. Chowdhury’s husband Afsar Ali moved the family away from Muddar to protect them from her influence. This was ineffective as Muddar tracked them down and led to the breakdown of Ali and Chowdhury’s marriage.
As the verdicts were delivered, both women held their heads in their hands. Ali, 35, said he would never forgive his ex wife for being convinced by their “evil” neighbour when she should have been protecting their “perfect child”.
“As a mother she has to live with the pain for the rest of her life, I guess. The child you gave birth to – to take her life away – that is something I can never forgive”, the distraught father said, before adding that the only two people he blames are his ex wife and Muddar.
Judge Christopher Moss QC remanded the women in custody to be sentenced on Friday morning.
TNT News Yasin Chinembiri