London, Mar 6: A Bangladeshi-origin mother found guilty of beating her eight-year-old daughter to death has been jailed for 13 years, while her Indian-origin lesbian lover has been sentenced to 18 years for the same crime.
Kiki Muddar, 43, was described as a "manipulative, wicked woman" who "brainwashed" Polly Chowdhry, 34, into beating up her daughter Ayesha Ali, who was found half naked with more than 50 injuries in the womens' home in London in August 2013.
Judge Christopher Moss QC told the Old Bailey court in London today that Ayesha's mother had "disgracefully failed" in her role, to keep her daughter safe.
The girl had extensive bruising to her face, body and limbs, carpet burns suggesting she had been dragged and a bite mark on her right shoulder.
Muddar had created a cyber-fantasy world to manipulate Chowdhury through a series of fictitious friends on social media.
"She was rational in her judgments in having a disgust with Ayesha. She did not like Polly Chowdhury putting Ayesha above her interests. However immoral, abhorrent and illegal her judgment, it was rational...there is no question of either defendant having been mad," prosecutor Richard Whittam had told the court during their trial.
Muddar told Chowdhury that Ayesha was "evil" and bombarded her with more than 40,000 texts which said: "You have no right to ever love or like your evil daughter."
Muddar befriended Chowdhury when they lived next door to each other and she got sympathy by pretending she had cancer. She even blamed Ayesha for making her fictional cancer worse.
Post-mortem examinations revealed Ayesha died as a result of damage to the head from a blow or blows.
In a statement Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor from the UK's Crown Prosecution Service, said, "The manipulation and hatred directed towards Ayesha led to her being beaten and tormented for a number of months."
"The evidence showed that Ayesha was scared and intimidated in her own home. Chowdhury and Muddar have now been brought to justice for this despicable crime."
The jury cleared the pair of murder but found them guilty of manslaughter by a majority of 10-2 after deliberating for more than 31 hours.