HE stood accused of battering to death a two-year-old girl.
But yesterday Subhan Anwar insisted it was his partner Zabheena Navsarka who inflicted the fatal injuries on her daughter, toddler Sanam Navsarka.
Anwar, 21, of Riddings Road, Deighton, wept as he told a jury he was “shocked” to discover the infant lying underwater in the bath with her eyes and mouth open.
Sanam died on May 8 from fatty embolism – a complication resulting from untreated fractures to her thighs.
Some 107 injuries including broken arms were found on her body.
But at Bradford Crown Court yesterday, Anwar denied causing any of the injuries.
Defending Navsarka, counsel James Curtis QC asked: “You're suggesting it was Zahbeena who caused these injuries and who battered her own child?”
Anwar replied: “Yes.”
Mr Curtis: “Zahbeena broke her arms?”
Anwar: “She must have. It's not me.”
Asked to explain fractures to one of Sanam’s legs Anwar replied: “I don't know.”
Mr Curtis asked: “Did you know it was broken?”
Anwar replied: “No I didn’t.”
Mr Curtis: “What do you think when a toddler has floppy legs?”
Anwar: “I don’t know. I hadn’t looked after children before. I asked Zahbeena and all she said was: ‘She’s doing it for attention’.”
The accused said Navsarka, 21, also of Riddings Road, had laughed at a video of her daughter having a fit.
Anwar said: “I filmed it for 15 to 20 seconds and showed it her. She laughed and she said: ‘She’s doing it on purpose. She’s doing it for attention.”
He admitted spotting bruising on the infant.
Anwar told the court: “I said: ‘How is Sanam getting those bruises?’
“She always came up with an explanation like ‘she’s fallen off the bath, she’s fallen off the bed…’.”
Mr Curtis asked: “You didn’t dare to confront her because you were frightened of her?”
Anwar replied: “Yes. I was frightened what she would do.”
Both Anwar and Navsarka deny murder. Navsarka admits failing to protect her daughter. Anwar denies causing or allowing the death of a child.