Lover and mother jailed for killing daughter

Ayesha Ali was 'terrorised' by mother Polly Chowdhury. Picture: PA

Ayesha Ali was 'terrorised' by mother Polly Chowdhury. Picture: PA

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A WOMAN was branded “manipulative and wicked” as she was jailed for 18 years for killing the eight-year-old daughter of her lesbian lover after persuading her that the child was ­possessed.

A judge at the Old Bailey yesterday handed Kiki Muddar, 43, the “lion’s share” of responsibility for the misery inflicted on Ayesha Ali, while also jailing the girl’s mother, Polly Chowdhury, 35, for 13 years.

Both women were convicted of the manslaughter of Ayesha, whose body was found at their home in Chadwell Heath, east London, covered in more than 40 injuries, including a bite mark and carpet burns.

Their trial heard that Muddar created a fantasy world of alter egos on Facebook and text messages to seduce Chowdhury and turn her against her daughter, whom she saw her as a threat.

Sentencing them yesterday, judge Christopher Moss QC said Muddar “tore” apart the family when she entered their lives.

He told her: “You inhabited an extraordinary fantasy, fictional world of deceit and lies and you determinedly immersed Polly Chowdhury in that world. You clearly developed a deep hatred of little Ayesha.

“So it was that, in the months leading up to her death, Ayesha was subjected at the hands of both of you to a life of cruelty and misery that defies belief.”

The judge said it was “despicable” how Muddar had threatened and manipulated Chowdhury and made Ayesha’s life a “living hell. Judge Moss told her: 
“You are a manipulative and wicked woman who deserves condign punishment for your crime.”

Turning to Chowdhury, he said: “You were Ayesha’s mother, whom she trusted and was entitled to expect that you would protect her from harm rather than take part in inflicting it upon her. You were in a fundamental position of trust in which you disgracefully failed.”

Judge Moss also paid tribute to the “courage and personal ­restraint” of Ayesha’s father Afsar Ali, who, as a witness, learned for the first time the disturbing details of how his daughter died as the case unfolded in court.

And he highlighted the painstaking police investigation which discovered a situation which could only “astonish and horrify” anyone listening to the trial.

While the judge said the evidence made it clear that Muddar was responsible for inflicting the fatal head injury to Ayesha, they had both taken part in the abuse, which involved terrorising ­Ayesha in the night by wearing “vile masks”.

In a witness impact statement, Mr Ali said his “world fell apart” the day his daughter died.

He also wrote: “The two people Ayesha trusted and loved were the very people who took her life. When my princess died, a part of our lives died too.”

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