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Mother and father jailed for killing their baby son

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The three-month-old baby had 38 separate rib fractures, bruising to his head, shoulder, back and burns to his left leg, injuries to his limbs, eyes and neck

Pathologist described the injuries as “similar to those usually seen in a car crash or a fall from a great height.”

A mother and father have been jailed for their involvement in the death of their baby son.

Rifat Mohammed was only three-months-old when he died, but he had suffered multiple injuries during his life

His father Mohammed Miah, 38 was sentenced at the Old Bailey to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 18 years, for murder and seven years’ imprisonment for allowing injury to a child - to run concurrently.

The baby's mother, Rebeka Nazmin, 32 was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for allowing the death of a child and three years’ imprisonment for allowing injury to a child - to run concurrently.

They were both found guilty at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 28th March.

Nazmin was found not guilty of murder.

The court heard how on Monday, 4 July 2016 at 08:30hrs the London Ambulance Service received a call to the family home in St Leonard's Road, Poplar.

Nazmin called 999 stating that her baby was unresponsive and not breathing. She gave an explanation that the baby had vomited the day before and had been poorly since.

When paramedics arrived she directed them towards a bedroom, where they discovered Rifat apparently lifeless on the floor.

Paramedics gave immediate first aid and the baby was rushed to hospital. The paramedics, and other medical staff, recorded seeing signs of burning and bruising on Rifat's body.

Suspicious of the injuries, the medical staff alerted police.

That same day, Nazmin was arrested at the hospital, where she had gone with baby Rifat, and officers went to the family home and arrested Miah.

Both parents were arrested on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm (GBH).

Both were taken to a police station and subsequently charged with committing GBH with intent and three counts of child cruelty.

They were kept in custody to appear at Thames Magistrates' Court on the morning of Tuesday, 5 July. The next day, Wednesday, 6 July, Rifat died.

A post mortem examination found Rifat had suffered a head injury, which had starved his brain of oxygen.

It also showed he had 38 separate rib fractures - some still in the process of healing, bruising to his head, shoulder, back and burns to his left leg.

He also had injuries to his limbs, eyes and neck. The pathologist described the injuries as similar to those usually seen in a car crash or a fall from a great height.

The investigation was taken over by officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command and both parents were subsequently charged with their child's murder and allowing the death of a child.

When interviewed Miah placed the blame elsewhere and said the burn to the baby's leg may have come from a radiator.

Nazmin blamed her husband, saying he was rough with Rifat. She could not account for the multiple injuries the baby had suffered.

However they were both convicted as above following the trial.

Detective Inspector Ken Hughes of Homicide and Major Crime Command said: "We may never know why a mother and father inflicted such terrible injuries on their own small baby. Even if we had that knowledge, I am not sure we could ever understand.

“This baby should have been protected and loved; instead he lived with hurt, indifference and brutality. I am glad that these two have been called to account for their actions and now face the consequences of their cruelty.

"While nothing can mitigate the consequences of this dreadful crime, I would ask any parents struggling to manage to understand that seeking help is nothing to be ashamed of. Early intervention can help a family cope and organisations and charities, such as the NSPCC, will offer both advice and support."

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Tributes to an honourable father: Bradford MBE recipient passes away prior to collecting his award

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RESPECTED: Taiyabur Chowdhury passed away on 17th November at the age of 73

RESPECTED: Taiyabur Chowdhury passed away on 17th November at the age of 73

A former adoption social worker from Shipley, who had been named on this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List, has been called a ‘true gentleman’ by his son, after sadly passing away prior to receiving his MBE.

Taiyabur Rahman Chowdhury was due to travel to Buckingham Palace to collect his award for services to children and families later this month.

He tragically died after a short illness on 17th November - at the age of 73 – just one year after retiring from ‘the job he loved’.

His son, Ashfaq Chowdhury, paid tribute to his father.  

“He was a very pleasant, very polite gentleman,” Ashfaq said. “That is how everyone described him - a ‘gentleman’ in every sense of the word.

“He always went out of his way to help others, especially with his work; working weekends and completing documents and forms in his own time.

“I think that is what distinguished him from my generation. He was in it purely for the satisfaction of the work. He was very selfless in the way he went about things.

“Since his death we have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from so many communities. Families who he helped put together have even tracked my mum down to say thank you and pay their respects to him.”

Mr Chowdhury first arrived in the UK at the age of 20 in 1963 after completing a degree at the University of Dhaka, in Bangladesh.

After running a restaurant in Bradford, he took the decision to return to higher education and graduated from the University of Bradford at the age of 50, with a degree in social care.

A short time later he began working for Bradford Adoption and Fostering Services, helping more than 50 couples adopt a child and building families across the city for more than 20 years.

His wife, Zinnat, and two of his daughters, are now hoping to collect the MBE on their father’s behalf, with Ashfaq adding that it would be a great honour for his family.

“He was absolutely delighted when he was told about the MBE,” Ashfaq added.

“He was a man born in colonial India and grew up only seeing the MBE presented to the elite of the British. For a ‘boy from Bangladesh’, to receive such an honour was a privilege for him.

“As soon as he arrived here in Britain, he saw himself as a British man. He invested all his time here and in his children.”

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8 years of waiting: Family appeal for answers in case of father’s death

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TRAGIC: The remains of Surjit Thakar were found at the side of the M54 by workmen last year, yet his cause of death has never been discovered

TRAGIC: The remains of Surjit Thakar were found at the side of the M54 by workmen last year, yet his cause of death has never been discovered

Surjit Takhar was 37 when he was reported missing from his home in Oldbury on Wednesday 8th October 2008. He was last seen by his family nine days before and a detailed investigation was carried out at the time of his disappearance.

Nearly seven years later maintenance workers found his remains at the bottom of an embankment next to the slip road of junction 4 of the M54 in Telford on 20th August 2015.

West Mercia Police conducted a full forensic examination and a DNA profile, along with dental records, confirmed the remains were those of Mr Takhar, however the cause of his death remained unexplained.

Now detectives are re-appealing for information which will help then uncover how Mr Takhar died.

Detective Inspector Jim Munro, from Force CID, said: "We would like to hear from anyone who has information about Mr Takhar’s whereabouts around the time he disappeared.

"Crucially a phone call was made to police in January earlier this year from a caller who said they had information but no details were taken, so I would urge that person to call us again.

"Also I would like to hear from anyone who saw something suspicious on the M54 around junction 4, but didn’t think anything of it at the time."

Mr Takhar was a father of three and a much loved brother and son. His sister Saroj Binning spoke of the man they have lost: “Surjit, known as Skin amongst family and friends, had a big heart and a charismatic smile. He had a wide circle of friends in the Asian community.

“We as a family are determined to find who is responsible for his death. We are committed to gain justice for our brother Surjit. He is missed as a loving father, a brother and a son." 

His children Harry Takhar, aged 21, and 23-year-old twins Sohnia and Sohnay, joined the appeal for the public’s help.

They said: “Please can you help us get justice for our father so we can finally lay him to rest? If anyone has any information, can you please come forward?

“We have missed out on having our father in or lives for the last eight years, not knowing where he was, why he wasn’t in our lives and whether he was dead or alive.

“Now we know what happened, please could someone come forward with information on how this tragedy occurred, so we can put an end to our nightmare.”

Anyone with information should call detectives on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Tributes to a ‘one in a million father’

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BIG PERSONALITY: Manminder was known by many people for his dhol drumming talents

BIG PERSONALITY: Manminder was known by many people for his dhol drumming talents

Family man suffers shock fatal heart attack at the age of 35

A loving dad, who, despite being in full health died suddenly whilst caring for his four-year-old son at their home in Leeds earlier this week, has been described as a ‘fantastic’ man.

On Saturday 16th April, 35-year-old Manminder Singh Saundh collapsed in his bedroom, as his son Harman was playing just metres away on the landing at the family’s home in Moor Allerton.

His brother, Manjeet Saundh, described Manminder as ‘one of those people that everyone just liked’.

He said: “He was a very jolly person and a fantastic father - the find of father that a child would want.

“As a dhol drummer he played at many events and therefore would meet a lot of different faces.

“One thing you could always be sure of was that if you met him once you would want to meet him again because he was just so fun to be with.”

He added: “He really was one in a million.”

Manjeet was out with friends at the time of Manminder’s heart attack and was alerted to his brother’s condition over the phone.

Rushing to his side, he described the whole incident as ‘like a bad dream’ which he still has not woken up from.

“The next day I remember waking up and just thinking I must have made it all up in my head, Manminder can’t just be gone,” he said.

DEVOTED DAD: Manminder Singh Saundh, pictured here with his four-year-old son, Harman

DEVOTED DAD: Manminder Singh Saundh, pictured here with his four-year-old son, Harman

“It is news that has left a lot of people with broken hearts and he will be massively missed.”

Manminder was a keen volunteer who presented a show at Fever FM on Roundhay Road in Harehills, and worked for Capita at the Arlington Business Centre, in Churwell.

Paramedics were unable to revive him at the family home and a post-mortem examination, held on Tuesday, revealed that the death was caused by a heart attack.

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