A mother and her female lover have been jailed for killing her eight-year-old daughter in east London.

Ayesha Ali was found dead in her bedroom with more than 50 injuries including bite-marks, in August 2013.

The girl’s mother, Polly Chowdhury, 35, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for manslaughter.

Her lover and co-defendant, Kiki Muddar, 43, was given an 18-year sentence for the same crime, at the Old Bailey.

March 2015

Mother and lesbian lover guilty of killing 8 yr old girl found with bite marks and carpet burns


A mother and her lesbian lover were found guilty today of killing an eight-year-old girl after getting caught up in a twisted romance revolving around fictional Facebook characters.

Polly Chowdhury and Kiki Muddar both of Bedwell Court, Broomfield Road, Romford were on trial for the murder of the Chowdhury’s daughter Ayesha Ali at a house in Chadwell Heath in east London, in 2013.

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The jury cleared them of murder but found them guilty of manslaughter after deliberating for more than 31 hours.

On the morning of August 29, 2013, Muddar dialled 999 to report Chowdhury had tried to kill herself in the bath and that Ayesha was dead

Paramedics discovered the child “cold and stiff” in her bedroom dressed only in a pair of pink pants

Although the cause of her death was a head injury, she suffered more than 40 injuries, including a bite mark and carpet burns

Ayesha Ali died after months of torture and abuse which included being terrorised in the night by scary masks worn by the very people who should have protected her

Weighing three and a half stone and 4ft 7in, Ayesha was not in a position to resist anything that was done to her

The eight-year-old was found dead in her bedroom having suffered a bite mark and carpet burns as well as numerous bruises and abrasions

Chowdhury had left a series of notes, appearing to admit the killing, saying: “I have taken my life and Ayesha’s life”. But during the course of the investigation, police discovered evidence implicating Muddar in Ayesha’s death.

Letters written by Polly Chowdhury found in her bedroom

Letters written by Polly Chowdhury found in her bedroom

Officers unravelled a set of alter egos on Facebook and text which Muddar had created to control and seduce Chowdhury, turning her against her daughter because she saw her as a threat.

One alias she created was spirit guide Skyman, who Muddar used to manipulate Chowdhury into believing Ayesha had “bad blood” and needed to be disciplined to get the “evil spirits” out of her.

Chowdhury became convinced daughter Ayesha Ali was ‘possessed’ and that she needed to be punished to ‘stop the gates of hell from opening’.

The women would give the little girl cold baths, force feed her until she was sick and make her scrub the bathroom floor to rid her of ‘evil spirits’, the Old Bailey heard.

Muddar had befriended Chowdhury when they lived next door to each other and she got sympathy by pretending to be fighting cancer.

Ayesha Ali’s father says he will never forgive his former wife for falling under the spell of their “evil” next-door neighbour.

Post-mortem examinations revealed Ayesha died as a result of damage to the head from a blow or blows, on 29 August 2013.

Her body was covered in a range of other injuries including carpet burns, a bite mark and fresh bruising on her head, body and limbs

Polly Chowdhury and Kiki Muddar will be sentenced on Friday.

Letter written by Ayesha Ali, aged 8 before she was tortured and killed


Ayesha’s letter, penned in her own childlike handwriting, is all the more horrifying because of how well-written it is. It demonstrates the degree to which the child was abused and made to believe that she had done something wrong.

“I don’t like hurting other people’s feelings!” Ayesha wrote.

“I don’t know how I make myself do these things! I hate getting punishments so I’m gonna make sure I change.”

A list of “bad” behaviours things for which Ayesha could be punished was also written down by the child. They included “huffing and puffing”, “telling lies”, “being rude” and even “not putting my shoes in the right place”.

The little girl also wrote a list of “good” behaviours, such as “finishing my jam sandwich on time” and “being kind to everyone”.