Nusayba Umar: ‘Controlling and violent’ boyfriend convicted of murdering girlfriend’s 16-month-old toddler

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Haider, from Goodmayes, east London, had a history of violence against former girlfriends and their children.

A “violent and controlling” boyfriend who hit his girlfriend’s 16-month-old daughter - giving her fatal brain injuries - has been found guilty of murder.

Twisted Syed Kamran Haider, 40, caused little Nusayba Umar "severe and life-threatening"  head injuries in September 2019.

Kamran Haider, 40, caused Nusayba Umar "severe and life-threatening"  head injuries in September 2019. Kamran Haider, 40, caused Nusayba Umar "severe and life-threatening"  head injuries in September 2019.
Kamran Haider, 40, caused Nusayba Umar "severe and life-threatening" head injuries in September 2019. | Met Police

She tragically died in hospital four days later.

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Haider - who was described as violent and controlling by investigators - was found guilty of murder and child cruelty at the Old Bailey on Monday.

He will be sentenced at the same court on Wednesday.

The illegal dog breeder met Nusayba’s mother Asiyah Amazir on a dating website, just a few weeks before her daughter’s death.

She and Nusayba moved into Haider’s address in Colinton Road, Goodmayes, in August 2019, where he bred puppies.

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The relationship was littered with episodes of domestic violence and threats towards Ms Amazir, police said.

A fortnight before the fatal attack Nusayba suffered a head injury at the hands of Haider, the court heard.

Her mother was at an appointment, when Haider called to say Nusayba had hurt herself.

Ms Amazir returned home to find her daughter with a serious heard injury.

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She tried to call an ambulance, but sicko Haider refused, suggesting that they should buy a baby pen to stop the tot from walking around.

Eventually Ms Amazir managed to call a taxi, and took Nusayba to a hospital where she stayed overnight before being discharged.

Nusayba Umar died from “severe and life-threatening”  head injuries in September 2019. Nusayba Umar died from “severe and life-threatening”  head injuries in September 2019.
Nusayba Umar died from “severe and life-threatening” head injuries in September 2019. | Credit: Met Police

On September 13, all three were at home when the mother heard Nusayba crying upstairs.

She heard the sound of a slap after Haider had told Nusayba to “shh” and he then brought her downstairs.

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Ms Amazir cared for her daughter and grew increasingly concerned for her welfare.

She left the property and went to a bus stop, where she called an ambulance, and Nusayba was rushed to hospital.

She was treated before being transferred to a specialist hospital in central London.

Nusayba remained critically ill until she died in hospital at 6pm on September 17 2019.

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A post-mortem examination held days later gave the cause of death as a traumatic head injury.

Police say that what happened on September 13 has never been fully established, but “it is beyond doubt that the injuries inflicted on her [Nusayba] could not have been accidental and were caused by Haider”.

In a victim impact statement read out in court, Ms Amazir said: "Nusayba was subjected to the most horrible experiences at the hands of this man towards the end of her life.

“I will never forget the events that led to her death for as long as I live.

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“I vividly remember the things she suffered and that noise she made on the last day of her life will haunt me forever.

"I will never get to hold her again or kiss her tiny hands, tickle her, put her in a pretty dress or buy her a toy that I know she wants, all of the most benign and underrated things that most take for granted as parents – these have been taken from me and cannot be given back.

“Something as simple as changing her nappy or doing her laundry is now a heart breaking memory for me and these are just some of the life-long impacts of this crime that I’m able to verbalise.”

Det Ch Insp Larry Smith, who led the investigation, said: "Haider is a controlling and violent man who is prone to bouts of extreme aggression and violence.

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“Nusayba bore the brunt of that violence on the day she was entrusted in Haider’s care and she suffered an attack that would lead to the end of her life.

“What happened on September 13 has never been fully established.

“But it is beyond doubt that the injuries inflicted on her could not have been accidental and were caused by Haider.

“Nusayba’s mother and family will grieve for many, many years as a result of this harrowing case. We will continue to support her however we can.

"I’d like to praise my officers, who have worked so hard to present the case against Haider which has led to his conviction.

“I hope now he will spend a very long time behind bars, where he belongs."