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Mother is convicted over death of daughter’s friend
Friday, 25 May 2012
GUILTY: Gedu Bibi
A WOMAN has been jailed for manslaughter after a dispute about a relationship ended in death.
Gedu Bibi, 47, of Priory Court, Walthamstow, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Sumon Miah in October 2006, as well as perverting the course of justice. She was convicted at the Old Bailey on Monday.
Lilu Miah, 48, who is of no relation to the victim, was convicted of conspiring to pervert the course of justice. He was acquitted of manslaughter.
Police were called to a disturbance at Priory Court on October 8, 2006, and arrived to find a man suffering serious head injuries.
Sumon Miah, a 21-year-old sales assistant from Bow, was taken to Whipps Cross Hospital and later transferred to the Royal London Hospital, but passed away nine days later from his injuries.
The court heard that Bibi was unhappy at the victim’s relationship with her 13-year-old daughter. Sumon had been beaten with a piece of wood at Bibi’s home.
Bibi allegedly persuaded her daughter to claim that Sumon came at her with a knife and she hit him to defend herself. But inconsistencies in witness accounts led police to believe this was in fact a case of murder, not self-defence.
In police interview Bibi claimed she was asleep throughout the incident and awoke to find a man unconscious on her sofa. But enquiries revealed she actually made several calls to Lilu Miah during this time.
Bibi was arrested on October 25, 2006, and Lilu Miah during 2007. Both were bailed pending further enquiries and later rearrested before being charged in July 2011.
Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall, of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: “This case has taken more than five years to come to court owing to the efforts of those involved who sought to deny Sumon and his family justice.
“Today they have not succeeded and our thoughts are with Sumon's family.”
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