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Jurors told girl, 7, was starved to death

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD British girl was deliberately starved to death while being kept prisoner in her own home by her mother and her partner, a court heard yesterday.

Khyra Ishaq died of an infection after being starved over a period of "weeks or months," jurors were told at the start of a six-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Khyra's mother Angela Gordon, 34, and Junaid Abuhamza, 30, both of Handsworth, Birmingham, deny murdering Khyra on May 17 last year.

Opening for the prosecution, prosecutor Timothy Raggatt said Khyra had been starved to a point that was almost unheard of in Britain.

"The actual means or process which resulted in Khyra's death was brought about by a series of actions that were in effect the deliberate and calculated starvation of that little girl over a period, certainly of weeks, and very possibly months," Raggatt said.

He said the jury would be shown a photograph of Khyra when she was developing in a normal way and another shortly after her death.

Raggatt said the jury may have seen similar photographs taken to depict famine in Africa.

Gordon and Abuhamza had a duty in law to care for Khyra, but had betrayed that duty in every possible sense, while also maltreating five other children in their care, he said.

Abuhamza denies murder but pleaded guilty on Wednesday to child cruelty charges.

Gordon denies murder and five charges of child cruelty.


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