Sanam Navsarka murder trial: Sanam 'put in cupboard for crying'

THE NEIGHBOUR of a woman accused of murdering her daughter told a court she had seen the two-year-old locked in a cupboard by her mother’s boyfriend.

The cupboard where Sanam was put
The cupboard where Sanam was put

THE NEIGHBOUR of Sanam Navsarka's mum told a court she had seen the two-year-old locked in a cupboard by her mother’s boyfriend.

Rosie McGlade told Bradford Crown Court on the fourth day of the trial: “I seen him (Subhan Anwar) put her in the cupboard for crying.

“I also saw him put her on the window sill – she was there for about five minutes and he was stood in front of her, but I thought it was dangerous because all she had to do was move and she’d fall (approx 1.5m).

“She never liked him, she was always screaming when she had to go to him.

“He once said he wanted to swap her for my little girl... he used to call Sanam a bastard.”

Miss McGlade befriended Zahbeena Navsarka and her partner Anwar when they moved into the house next door to her at Deighton.

She ran to help when Anwar told her little Sanam had drowned in the bath.

The mother-of-one said Navsarka was shaken but did not appear “desperate” to help the toddler as she lay on the concrete floor of her back garden.

And she told the jury of a series of events between Anwar, nicknamed ‘Subby’, and little Sanam.

Miss McGlade, of Riddings Road, said Sanam had bowed legs but could run around and play with her own daughter.

While changing Sanam’s nappy, she noticed a cut of around two inches on the toddlers groin.

Miss McGlade said that Navsarka and Anwar, both 21, left Sanam at home while they went to a party at her house and had to be told to bring the tot with them.

And she told the jury that they took Sanam to an Ann Summers party but quickly left.

On Thursday May 8 Miss McGlade saw Sanam seated in a chair outside.

She added: “Normally she would run over to us but she didn’t do – she just turned her head away.”

At that point she noticed a large, blue bruise on the toddler’s cheek.

Just hours later Anwar knocked on her window to say Sanam had drowned in the bath.

When Miss McGlade went round she said that Sanam’s hair was damp but not wet.

She also said that around a week before, she told the couple about a friend whose baby had died after drowning in the bath.

Under cross-examination, Gilbert Gray QC for Anwar, asked if she ever thought of Sanam as a poorly girl.

Miss McGlade replied: “No, if I thought there was something wrong I would have phoned social services or the police myself.”

Mr Gray then questioned if Sanam could have sustained the bruises because of her bowed legs.

Ms McGlade said that she thought Sanam was wearing shoes that were too small.

Navsarka and Anwar deny murder. Anwar denies causing or allowing the death of a child. Navsarka pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of failing to protect her daughter.

The case continues.

 

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