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Mum and boyfriend jailed for toddler Khaleel Hussain's death

2015-07-22 00:25:42

Samina KauserSamina Kauser

A man who murdered his girlfriend’s toddler son by violently shaking him in ‘a sudden fit of rage’ has been jailed for life.

Keith Brown must serve a minimum of 15 years for killing little Khaleel Hussain before he can be considered for parole.

Khaleel’s mum, Samina Kauser, originally from Birmingham, was jailed for three years after a jury found her guilty of allowing his death by failing to protect him from Brown.

Khaleel HussainKhaleel Hussain

A jury at Warwick Crown Court heard that five days before the youngster, who was just two months shy of his third birthday, had been smothered by Brown with his duvet.

Although he admitted manslaughter, Brown, 23, of Swan Lane, Stoke, Coventry, had denied murdering Khaleel.

Prosecutor Jonas Hankin QC said Khaleel was rushed to University Hospital in Coventry after Kauser, aged 25, from Richmond Street, Stoke, Coventry, made a 999 call at lunchtime on October 21, 2013.

Because of the severity of his injury he was swiftly transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where consultant neurosurgeon Desiderio Rodrigues carried out emergency surgery.

But the injury to his brain was so severe that Khaleel had little chance of surviving – and he died the following day.

His fatal injury had been caused by Brown shaking him forcibly.

Kauser had left Khaleel in the house with Brown while she went to a nearby shop, despite an incident a week earlier when she had found him smothering the boy’s face with a duvet.

It was said she had left him so she could phone another man with whom she was also in a relationship at the time.

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At first both Brown and Kauser claimed that Khaleel had fallen down the stairs, and that Kauser was at home at the time.

Trying the persuade the judge, Mr Justice Lindblom, to pass a suspended sentence on Kauser, her barrister Zafar Ali QC said: “Samina Kauser was a single mother, only 23 years old, when her son was murdered.

“The crime the jury have found her guilty of is essentially a crime of negligence.

He said Kauser, who had led ‘an oppressive home life’ in Birmingham, with threats of violence from her father, had left home when she was 18 and moved to Coventry, was ‘an attentive, loving and committed mother,’ and there was clear evidence of real grief and genuine remorse.

“Her culpability arises from a failure to protect her son from Mr Brown when she appreciated, or should have appreciated, that Khaleel would suffer severe harm at the hands of Mr Brown.”

Mr Ali said that awareness should have arisen from ‘the duvet incident,’ rather than from a continued course of violence.

And he added: “She will always be seen as the mother who allowed her son to be murdered. That is the heaviest of burdens, and she will carry that with her for the rest of her life.

Rachel Brand QC, for Brown, who the court heard had four previous convictions for common assault on a former partner, said he was just 21 at the time and lacked maturity.

“I still maintain this was a flash of temper case, even allowing for the evidence of the previous soft smothering incident which was itself a flash of temper.

“I submit this case is a world away from those cases the court is required to deal with where a brutal offender has inflicted injuries on a child on a regular basis.

“What Your Lordship has to deal with is the consequence of a few moments of madness on the part of Keith Brown which led to the loss of a young life.”

Jailing them, Mr Justice Lindblom told them both: “The killing of a young child is always a terrible tragedy, not only for that young person but also for those who loved him.”

He told Kauser: “I recognise that Khaleel’s murder is a dreadful tragedy, not only for him, but also for you. He was your only son, and you loved him and had brought him up on your own.

“But you were well aware he was impatient and intolerant, and likely to become annoyed when Khaleel cried or was involved in what he called fake crying.

“In particular you described an incident which occurred about five days before Khaleel died. You found Mr Brown standing over Khaleel’s bed, with his hands about a foot apart, pressing down on the duvet over his face, and you pulled him away.”

During the trial Kauser denied seeing Brown holding the duvet over her son’s face.

But Mr Justice Lindblom said: “It is clear to me that, in convicting you, the jury must have accepted that the incident did occur in the way you first described in your police interview.

“That showed Mr Brown posed a risk to Khaleel, but you left Khaleel alone with Mr Brown again when you went to the shops. You knew he was likely to become agitated and upset at being left, and you knew this was likely to anger Mr Brown.

“I recognise that Khaleel’s murder is a tragedy you have found hard to bear, and that your remorse is genuine.

“Your offence is, however, so serious that it can only be dealt with by a substantial sentence of immediate custody.”

Mr Justice Lindblom told Brown: “Children of that age are not always easy to look after, and it is clear Khaleel’s behaviour could be challenging; but that is in no way an excuse for what you did to him when you killed him.”

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