Mother’s tears as she told court that ex-boyfriend ‘slapped her little daughter’


A mother shed tears in court as she talked about how her ex-boyfriend slapped her 16-month-old daughter

Asiyah Amazir said she heard dog owner Kamran Haider, 39, slap baby Nusayba Umar and tell her to ‘shut up’, the Old Bailey heard.

Haider, of Ilford, denies murder and child abuse by intentionally assaulting or neglecting Nusayba, between August 28 and September 13.

The girl had a seizure later that day and was taken to King’s College Hospital with a life-threatening head injury.

She suffered a traumatic brain injury so severe that life support was withdrawn 4 days later.

The mother was packing up to move out when Nusayba was seriously injured, the court heard.

‘It was two or three times. I heard him slap, it was like a crash sound. Then I heard her make this strange cry.

‘I know he hit her pretty hard.

Ms Amazir was in tears several times in court as she spoke about the punishment she claimed Haider would inflict on Nusayba


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‘She wasn’t herself, she wouldn’t take a bottle of wine from me, I took her downstairs to a room no one was actually using.

‘I think I need to get her out of here, not only did he work early, he hit her behind my back, he actually hit her.’

Prosecutor Edward Brown QC asked: ‘Why didn’t you leave earlier?’

Ms Amazir said with tears in her eyes: ‘I wanted to go gently so he wouldn’t chase me.

‘She’s just started getting dressed, her eyes are to the left, her legs are straight and she won’t respond to me.

‘I need to get her out, she needs help.

‘He can see it for himself, of course he can.

‘I tried to get him to admit that he hit her, he didn’t know that I knew. I want him to think, “Oh my God, what have I done.”

‘I was panicking. I fear him, I fear the consequences, I fear what he will do, if I tell them he will chase me.

‘I would never hurt one of my children, my daughter is everything to me.’

Ms. Amazir broke down in tears several times as she talked about the punishment she thought Haider would inflict on Nusayba, which included slapping her on the arm, running out of time and putting her in a stressful situation.

Haider would force Nusayba to stand in an adapted form of the ‘Murga’ pose, where the punished squatted, crossed their arms behind their knees, then placed their hands over their ears, the court heard.

The court heard the ‘Murga’ punishment commonly used in parts of Pakistan.

The court said Haider was meeting his girlfriend in Manchester when he met Ms Amazir through a dating website a month before Nusayba’s death.

Mr Brown said she had moved into his home in Colinton Road, Ilford, east London to help with the illegal puppy farming business he was running from his back garden.

Ms Amazir said: ‘He became quite aggrieved when he learned that she clearly needed more attention.

‘She just started walking.

‘He’ll start screaming “You’re spending too much time with the baby!”

‘She would cry, he would start screaming “She needs to learn now, Nusayba, she needs to learn”

‘He would put her in this position, they used to do it with kids in mosques in Pakistan.

‘She couldn’t squat, she was pretty unstable, this is where I really started trying to intervene.

‘In the corner anytime from 5 minutes to 30, 40 minutes.

‘He’ll call her b-stard, c-nt, he really likes that word.

‘He would slap me on the back of my head, the words he used, the language he used, it was pretty intense.

‘I never understood, he once took her hair tie off. He says she doesn’t deserve to look pretty when she’s running out of time.

‘She hates him, you can see it in her face, she won’t eat anything from him, she won’t smile at him, won’t even look at him .

‘At that point I was just trying to get out, I was doing everything to get her out, I couldn’t make any moves while she was still there.’

Two weeks ago when Haider told Ms Amazir that her daughter had fallen and injured her head but had grown angry when she tried to call an ambulance, the court heard.

He insisted that the child take a taxi to the hospital and Nusayba was detained overnight.

Ms. Amazir received a call from Haider saying Nusayba had fallen and hit his head on the kitchen while he was feeding his dog on August 28, 2019.

She texted Nusayba’s father Muhammed Umar on September 10, 2019 to say that he should have permanent custody of Nusayba.

Mrs Amazir said: ‘I told him he needed to take her away, but I didn’t tell him why.’

When arrested and interviewed, Haider denied any physical contact with the girl and insisted he never assaulted her, jurors heard.

He said in the interview that Ms Amazir hit Nusayba, used ‘inappropriate discipline’ and robbed a taxi to take the child to the hospital.

The trial continued. Mother's tears as she told court that ex-boyfriend 'slapped her little daughter'

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