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Chute throw mother 'meant to kill'

A mother tried to kill her newborn daughter by dropping her more than 40ft (12m) down a tower block rubbish chute, a court has heard.

Jaymin Abdulrahman is alleged to have tidied up her flat after dumping the six-day-old baby, who had been "completely swaddled" in a piece of material, down the chute last September.

The 25-year-old, who denies attempted murder, causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and inflicting grievous bodily harm, initially told police that her child had been kidnapped by strangers.

But prosecutor Andrew Smith QC told a trial at Birmingham Crown Court it was anticipated that Abdulrahman would accept during the hearing that she was the person who put the baby into the chute at a block of flats in Wolverhampton.

The infant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, suffered severe head and brain injuries, including several skull fractures.

Opening the case against Abdulrahman, Mr Smith said the jury would hear evidence from two psychiatrists who had assessed her in recent weeks.

After outlining how a crash test dummy had been used to reconstruct the events at the centre of the case, Mr Smith told jurors: "The prosecution contend that Miss Abdulrahman knew what she was doing when she carried the baby from the flat and dropped her those five floors down the chute."

The Crown alleges that the defendant's "reason or capacity" to understand the consequences of her actions had not been removed by any mental illness at the time of the incident, Mr Smith added.

At the conclusion of his opening speech, Mr Smith said: "The reason why she decided to place her daughter in the rubbish chute may be never be known or understood.

"However, the prosecution say that her intention can be clearly identified from her actions on that September afternoon last year."


From Belfast Telegraph