Glasgow mother ‘calmly snuffed’ out life of 14-month-old daughter

Glasgow mother Sadia Ahmed is on trial accused of smothering her 14-mont-old daughter.
Glasgow mother Sadia Ahmed is on trial accused of smothering her 14-mont-old daughter.
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A Glasgow mother accused of murdering her toddler daughter was “solely responsible” for the death of the child, a court has been told.

The High Court in Glasgow has heard prosecution claims today that Sadia Ahmed “calmly snuffed out the life” of Inaya Ahmed last year.

Advocate Depute Paul Kearney made the statements as he asked the jury to return a guilty verdict against the accused.

Ms Ahmed, 28, is on trial accused of smothering 14-month-old Inaya by placing a pillow over her face, or by other means, at their home in Glasgow’s Drumchapel area on April 17 last year.

The child died in hospital three days later.

She denies the charge.

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In his closing speech, Mr Kearney told the jury: “On the 17th of April 2016, Inaya Ahmed, a beautiful 14-month-old child, stopped breathing and never breathed again on her own.

“There were valiant efforts of paramedics and doctors that got her heart beating again but she never again began breathing. The effect of the loss of blood and the loss of oxygen to her brain caused irreversible damage and caused her death.”

He went on: “The Crown contends, on the evidence you have heard, that it is clear that her mother, the accused Sadia Ahmed, is solely responsible.”

Mr Kearney added: “The Crown contends that she calmly snuffed out the life of her child.”

The prosecutor referred to claims that the child had choked as the “big lie” in the case.

“The Crown contends that she suffocated. Inaya did not choke,” Mr Kearney said.

“The Crown contends that the cover-up story of choking on bread was precisely that, it was a cover-up,” he added.

Mr Kearney maintained that other family members had initially told the “story” that the child had choked to “protect” the accused, but that they had given truthful accounts when they gave evidence in court.

“Family members have finally come to this court and done what you might think is right and told the truth about what happened that day, and about what they were told that day,” he said.

The Advocate Depute, who described it as a “tragic” case, told the jury: “The only explanation which fits with the facts in this case is that Sadia Ahmed killed her daughter.”

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