Accused's 'sad cyber fantasy world'
The cyber fantasy world of lesbian lovers accused of killing an eight-year-old girl was laid bare in court as a selection of thousands of text messages involving a cast of fictional characters were read out.
Polly Chowdhury, 35, and Kiki Muddar, 43, are on trial at the Old Bailey for murdering Chowdhury's daughter Ayesha, at the family house in Chadwell Heath in August 2013.
The court has heard how Muddar formed a deep hatred for the child as she controlled and seduced married Chowdhury.
As well as pretending to have cancer to get close to Ayesha's mother, she also created an ensemble of alter egos on Facebook and text including "Jimmy" who became Chowdhury's cyber soul mate and an influential Muslim spirit adviser named "Skyman".
In all, Muddar kept 41,000 texts messages involving some 15 made up people and recorded 1,400 phone conversations on her mobile.
Detective Constable Karen Wilson read out a summary of the text messages in court.
Under cross examination, Muddar's lawyer Henry Blaxland QC suggested: "In amongst this material you get glimpses of my client as a rather sad and lonely woman."
Det Con Wilson replied: "No. I don't agree. Sad, not lonely."
The defence lawyer highlighted a text sent on April Fool's Day 2012, in which Muddar appeared to be communicating with herself as "Jimmy".
In it, Muddar wrote: "I'm alone because I don't have a husband. I don't have kids. I don't get to go out much because of this illness. Everything I want I don't have."
However, the police officer went on to say some messages as seen on Facebook were clearly "self-serving" and were really designed for Chowdhury to see.
Other messages were forwarded by Muddar from her "Jimmy" phone to her own number, the court heard.
In Septemebr 2012, Muddar received a text from "Jimmy" in which the fictional character tells Chowdhury: "Feel bad for Kiks too. One day she gets married and has kids."
The court has heard how on August 29 2013, Ayesha was found dead in her bedroom after suffering more than 50 injuries to her head, body and limbs, including carpet burns and a bite mark on her shoulder.
That morning, Muddar had dialled 999 and reported Chowdhury had tried to kill herself and that Ayesha was dead.
Muddar, of Green Lane, Ilford, Essex, and Chowdhury, of Broomfield Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Essex, deny murder, manslaughter and causing or allowing the death of a child between March 1 and August 29 2013.
The trial was adjourned until Wednesday.