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Mother accused of murdering toddler daughter walks free

Sadia Ahmed, 28, was accused of killing Inaya Ahmed at their family home in Glasgow.

Trial: Sadia Ahmed and daughter Inaya.
Trial: Sadia Ahmed and daughter Inaya.

A mother has been found not proven of murdering her 14-month-old daughter.

Sadia Ahmed, 28, was accused of smothering Inaya Ahmed at their family home in Glasgow.

She had been on trial at the High Court in Glasgow, where she denied murder.

On Wednesday, a jury found her not proven of committing the offence at Bernisdale Drive in Drumchapel in April 2016.

The jury took just over an hour to reach a verdict.

The prosecution had claimed Ms Ahmed "calmly snuffed out the life" of her daughter, however the defence suggested the child died after choking on some bread.

Ms Ahmed looked composed as the verdict was announced but appeared emotional as she left the court room.

Outside court, Ms Ahmed, speaking though her lawyer Aamer Anwar, said: "I died the day I lost my Inaya. Nothing will ever take the pain away.

"I loved her more than anything.

"I died the day I lost my Inaya. Nothing will ever take the pain away. I loved her more than anything. The day she was born brought joy to my life which had become full of such suffering from the day I married."
Sadia Ahmed

"The day she was born brought joy to my life which had become full of such suffering from the day I married.

"No-one can imagine the pain of a mother losing her baby. I will never see her smile or hold her in my arms.

"The nightmare did not end with her death, but continued with being accused of the most horrific crime possible the murder of one's child - my Inaya

"From the outset I have protested my innocence."

A statement was also released following the verdict from the Ahmed family via lawyers.

It read: "On April 20, 2016, our beautiful Inaya was taken from us. She had her whole life ahead of her and there is nothing anyone can do to bring her back.

"Our lives have been completely shattered with her absence and there isn't a single moment that goes by where she isn't missed.

"The last 18 months have been the most difficult in our lives and as a family we have struggled to deal with our loss.

"After today's verdict, we will need to find a way to move forward but Inaya will never be forgotten.

"We would like to thank all those involved in supporting us and would ask that our privacy be respected during this difficult time."

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