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News | Wed 4th Mar, 2015
Kiki Muddar, 43, and Polly Chowdhury, 35, have been found guilty of the manslaughter of 8 year old Ayesha Ali at the Old Bailey today. The jury returned the majority verdict after deliberating for over 31 hours.
Ayesha was found with over 50 injuries including bite marks and carpet burns at her home in Chadwell Heath, East London.
The court heard that the relationship between Ms Muddar and Ms Chowdhury, Ayesha’s mother, was highly “unconventional”. The defendants were lovers and Ms Muddar is said to have controlled Ms Chowdhury via male alter-egos called Skyman and Jimmy Chowdhry who only existed on text messages and Facebook messages. Ms Muddar’s hatred for Ayesha was evidenced in messages and phone calls.
Ms Chowdhury is said to have “fallen in love with Ms Muddar’s fictional Facebook character Jimmy Chowdhury and a sexual relationship developed between the women”. Ms Chowdhury believed she was having sex with her soul mate “through the medium of Kiki”.
Ms Muddar was also behind a character called Skyman, who only communicated by text and who Ms Chowdhury “would try to act in a way that was approved of by him”.
The defendants were remanded in custody to await sentencing this Friday.
Tom Little was led by Richard Whittam QC on the prosecution team.
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