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Murder accused mother 'calmly snuffed out life of child'

Sadia Ahmed denies murdering her 14-month-old daughter Inaya in Glasgow.

Inaya Ahmed: The 14-month-old died in hospital.
Inaya Ahmed: The 14-month-old died in hospital.

A mother accused of murder "calmly snuffed out the life of her child", jurors have been told.

They have been urged to convict Sadia Ahmed over the death of her 14-month-old daughter.

Ahmed, 28, denies murdering Inaya Ahmed by smothering her with a pillow at the family home at Bernisdale Drive in Drumchapel, Glasgow, on April 17 last year.

She sobbed and shook her head at the High Court in Glasgow as prosecutor Paul Kearney gave his closing speech.

Earlier, she told the jury her daughter choked on a piece of toast.

Mr Kearney said: "On that morning Inaya, a beautiful 14-month-old baby stopped breathing and never breathed again on her own."

The jurors have heard that following a 999 call Inaya was taken to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.

She died there three days later after her life support machine was switched off.

The prosecutor told the jury they had to decide if Inaya's mother Ahmed killed her or if the toddler choked to death of a piece of toasted bread.

'It was a murderous death rather than an accidental one.'
Paul Kearney, prosecutor

He said: "The question for you is why or what stopped Inaya's breathing and stopped her heart and killed her. It is clear her mother Sadia is solely responsible for this.

"The Crown contends that she calmly snuffed out the life of her child. The Crown contends that she suffocated Inaya.

"It was a murderous death rather than an accidental one."

Mr Kearney told jurors it was a circumstantial case but said if they examine the facts "it becomes clear that Inaya did not choke on bread but was suffocated and killed at the hands of her mother."

He told the jury an experienced police officer had searched the house and no trace of toasted bread was found.

Mr Kearney also pointed to the fact that medical staff who tended to Inaya found no sign of any obstruction in her throat.

The jury has heard from members of the Ahmed family, including the murder accused's husband Suleman, who claimed she confessed to them that she had killed Inaya.

Sadia Ahmed has claimed she is being falsely framed for murder.
Sadia Ahmed has claimed she is being falsely framed for murder. Spindrift

The prosecutor said: "We struggle to understand what would make a person do something like this.

"The accused suffered from low moods and bouts of anger. There is evidence that she did not want a girl and was upset when she found out her sister-in-law was going to have a boy.

"Her husband Suleman said in evidence that she told him Inaya had become a burden."

Mr Kearney said Sadia's allegation the whole family were lying in an elaborate cover-up to falsely frame her for murder was not true.

He asked why the family would falsely accuse Sadia of murdering her daughter and said it would be "a most wicked conspiracy".

The trial before judge Lord Matthews continues.

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