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‘Controlling and violent man’ murders toddler

Syed Mohammed Kamran Haider

Syed Mohammed Kamran Haider, 40, of Colinton Road, Ilford, was found guilty of murder and child cruelty, victimising Nusayba Bint-Umar, a 16 month old girl who he subjected to fatal injuries. He will be sentenced on Wednesday, March 30th.

Haider was in a relationship with the child’s mother, who he met on dating site, and she later moved into his address. However, the relationship quickly headed in the direction of domestic violence and threatening behaviour towards the mother.

On one incident on August 28, 2019, Haider was solely entrusted with her care while the mother went to an appointment. During this time, she received a call from Haider that Nusayba had ‘hurt herself’. Her mother returned home and found Nusayba with a serious injury to her head and swelling.

Concerned, she raced to call paramedics but Haider instructed her not to, asking that she instead collect a ‘baby pen’ instead of walking around.

However, growing with concern, she called a taxi and travelled to an East London hospital, where she was admitted and stayed overnight. The next day she was discharged and her mother desperately attempted to arrange alternative accommodation.

In a final incident, on September 13th, all three were residing at home when the mother heard a pleading cry emanate from upstairs. She described ‘hearing the sound of a slap’ after Haider demanded Nusayba ‘shh’ before he brought her downstairs.

Nusayba’s mother consoled her and again grew increasingly concerned for her welfare. She fled the property and went to a bus stop where she requested an ambulance.

The London Ambulance Service arrived and Nusayba was urgently rushed to hospital. Treated was provided before transferring her to a specialist hospital in Central London.

Police arrested Haider on suspicion of grevious bodily harm, and post-interview bailed him, and later on released him under investigation.

Nusayba remained critically ill until she died in hospital on September 17th.

A post-mortem examination held days later gave cause of death as a traumatic head injury. This is suspected to have been inflicted by Haider on September 13.

Haider was charged by postal requisition in September 2020 following extensive medical enquiries. He appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court in December 2020, where he was remanded in custody.

In a victim impact statement, Nusayba’s mother said: “Nusayba was subjected to the most horrible experiences at the hands of this man towards the end of her life. I will never forget the events that led to her death for as long as I live. I vividly remember the things she suffered and that noise she made on the last day of her life will haunt me forever.

“There are also the other more obvious effects of this awful crime committed against my daughter. Things like I will never get to see her grow up, hear her first full sentence, see her first day at school, her first tooth loss, her first proper tantrum and all of the other beautiful milestones that a mother witnesses throughout her children’s lives.

“I will never get to hold her again or kiss her tiny hands, tickle her, put her in a pretty dress or buy her a toy that I know she wants, all of the most benign and underrated things that most take for granted as parents – these have been taken from me and cannot be given back. Something as simple as changing her nappy or doing her laundry is now a heart breaking memory for me and these are just some of the life-long impacts of this crime that I’m able to verbalise.

“There are a million more things I am not able to think of words for, to be able to really explain the immediate and life-long impacts of my daughter being murdered, not just for me but also for the rest of her family and we will have to live with these things for the rest of our lives.”

Detective Chief Inspector Larry Smith who led the investigation said: “Haider is a controlling and violent man who is prone to bouts of extreme aggression and violence. Nusayba bore the brunt of that violence on the day she was entrusted in Haider’s care and she suffered an attack that would lead to the end of her life.

“What happened on September 13 has never been fully established. But it is beyond doubt that the injuries inflicted on her could not have been accidental and were caused by Haider.

“Nusayba’s mother and family will grieve for many, many years as a result of this harrowing case.”

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