The heart-breaking story of Khyra Ishaq, who was maltreated and starved to death at the hands of her mother and step-father, was in the news today as their trial ended.
Source: BBC.co.uk 25 February 2010
“A mother who starved her seven-year-old daughter to death has been cleared of murder, but has admitted manslaughter. Prosecutors accepted Angela Gordon’s defence of diminished responsibility over the death of Khyra Ishaq and agreed to the lesser charge. Gordon’s partner, Junaid Abuhamza, had a manslaughter plea accepted as too, following an earlier report on his mental health. Khyra was found severely emaciated at a house in Handsworth, Birmingham, in 2008 and died in hospital…”.
Read the full story on BBC.co.uk here
I don’t understand how anyone could do this to a child and I don’t understand our legal system. I know I am not an expert, but to me this should still be classed as murder.The abuse had gone on for years and she ended up being starved to death by her mother and her step-father. So, to say that it is manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, (apparently the mother had severe depression) isn’t that being far too lenient? Anyone can say they are mentally ill! What message does it send out?
And yet again social services have failed. They failed to spot what was happening, despite being alerted several times. Why didn’t they pick up a) on the abuse that was happening to the children and b) on the mother’s and partner’s mental health problems? Her father also didn’t pick up there were any problems, despite not being allowed into the house.
What is going on in this country? It fills me with so much anger. What do you think?