Syed Mohammed Kamran Haider, 40, of Colinton Road, Ilford, was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Monday, 28 March of the murder of and child cruelty towards Nusayba Bint-Umar, upon whom he had inflicted fatal injuries at his home address. He will be sentenced at the same court on Wednesday, 30 March. A team of officers led by Detective Chief Inspector Larry Smith worked tirelessly to establish what had happened to little Nusayba. It was found that her mother had been in a relationship with Haider, which had begun in August 2019 after they met on a dating website. She and Nusayba had moved into Haider’s address in Colinton Road with the promise of a financial reward for helping him rear puppies.
However, the relationship was instead littered with episodes of domestic violence and threats toward Nusayba’s mother. On the afternoon of 28 August 2019 Nusayba was left in the care of Haider while her mother went to an appointment. While she was out she received a call from Haider who said Nusayba had hurt herself. Her mother returned home and found Nusayba with a serious injury to her head and swelling. She tried to call an ambulance but Haider refused, suggesting that she should instead collect a baby pen to put Nusayba in rather than her walking around. However, a taxi was called and Nusayba’s mother went with her to an east London hospital, where she was admitted and stayed overnight. She was discharged the following day and Nusayba’s mother tried in vain to arrange alternative accommodation for her. On 13 September 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. Nusayba’s mother cared for her and grew increasingly concerned for her welfare. She left the property and went to a bus stop, where she called an ambulance. The London Ambulance Service attended and Nusayba was rushed to hospital. She was treated before being transferred to a specialist hospital in central London. Haider was arrested on suspicion of GBH and taken into custody. He was then released on bail and later released under investigation. Nusayba remained critically ill until she died in hospital at 18:00hrs on 17 September. A post-mortem examination held days later gave cause of death as a traumatic head injury. This is suspected to have been inflicted by Haider on 13 September. Haider was charged by postal requisition in September 2020 following extensive medical enquiries. He appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court in December 2020, where he was remanded in custody. In a victim impact statement, Nusayba’s mother 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. I vividly remember the things she suffered and that noise she made on the last day of her life will haunt me forever. “There are also the other more obvious effects of this awful crime committed against my daughter. Things like I will never get to see her grow up, hear her first full sentence, see her first day at school, her first tooth loss, her first proper tantrum and all of the other beautiful milestones that a mother witnesses throughout her children’s lives. “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 heartbreaking memory for me and these are just some of the life-long impacts of this crime that I’m able to verbalise. “There are a million more things I am not able to think of words for, to be able to really explain the immediate and life-long impacts of my daughter being murdered, not just for me but also for the rest of her family and we will have to live with these things for the rest of our lives.” Detective Chief Inspector Larry Smith who led the investigation said: “Haider is a controlling and violent man who is prone to bouts of extreme aggression and violence. 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 13 September 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.”