Father convicted of murdering three-month-old son

29/03/2017

The father of a three-month-old baby boy who suffered fractured bones and a severe head injury before he died has been convicted of his murder.

Rifat Mohammed was 13 weeks old when he was found lifeless at his parents’ home in Poplar in Tower Hamlets, E14, on 4 July 2016. Life support was withdrawn two days later in Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Mohammed Miah, 37, was found guilty of murdering Rifat by the Central Criminal Court jury today [28 March]. The boy’s mother Rebeka Nazmin, 32, was found guilty of causing or allowing his death. Both were also found guilty of causing or allowing Rifat to suffer serious physical harm in the days running up to his death.

CPS London reviewing lawyer Devi Kharran said: "Rifat Mohammed led a very short life, punctuated by a series of painful, cruel assaults and ended by a head-injury caused at some point in the days before he died.

"The jury decided today that Mohammed Miah murdered Rifat. Rebeka Nazmin was at least aware of the serious incidents of mistreatment before he died and they both had failed to seek medical attention for their son’s earlier injuries.

"Strong medical evidence ultimately concluded this trial with these guilty verdicts but sadly they will do nothing to bring back Rifat."

Miah and Nazmin are due to be sentenced tomorrow (29 March) at the Central Criminal Court.

Notes:

Mohammed Miah, [03/08/1979], found guilty of murder [on or about 05/07/2017], and causing or allowing a child to suffer serious physical harm

Rebeka Nazmin, [05/03/1985], found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child, and causing or allowing a child to suffer serious physical harm