A BRITISH airline pilot has lost his appeal bid in a Kazakh court after they rejected his claim that his WIFE was responsible for their baby’s death.
Mohamed Barakat, 42, now faces 20 years in jail for “crushing the brains” of his baby girl Sophia at a five star hotel in Almaty in October 2019.
Mohamed Barakat, 42, (pictured right) hos lost his court bid to blame his wife (right) for the murder of their baby daughter[/caption]
The five-year-old was died from skull injuries in October 2019[/caption]
The Airbus captain’s lawyers made a fresh claim in the Almaty appeal hearing that his wife Madina, 24, had committed perjury against her husband and should be treated as a murder suspect.
It followed an initial hearing that was heard in August last year when the defendant denied murder while testifying to a Kazakhstan court.
In that hearing they heard evidence that the couples British daughter. Sofia Barakat, was found to have suffered horror head injuries on both sides of her skull, at the trial.
Evidence from other hotel guests added that “the child was grabbed by the legs and the head hit against the wall” following a “family conflict”.
Prosecutors concluded that Sofia’s death came from “bilateral compression of the skull.”
However, Madina told the court today that London-born Barakat was “the best husband and father in the world” who “never hurt me or Sofia,” asking the court to overturn his conviction.
The judge Lyudmila Bektemirova then left the wife speechless when she asked her if she understood her husband’s appeal alleging “that you killed your daughter, not him”.
Pale and shocked Madina replied: “How is this even possible?”
The three women judges rejected appeals from Barakat, his wife and British sister Sarah Barakat to overturn the December murder conviction.
“The guilt of the convict was proved by the testimony of a witness – a hotel maid – that she heard the sounds of banging on the wall, after which the crying of the child immediately fell silent,” said the judges.
“More than ten witnesses testified that they saw the woman with the child in her arms, who ran to the reception and reported that her drunken husband had killed her child.”
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The judges rejected his claim that – as a commercial pilot with Hong Kong Airlines – he suffered from epilepsy, and had fallen on top of the child during a fit.
Barakat was not present either in person or remotely for the appeal hearing.
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