Mother who 'threw her six-day-old baby down a tower block's 40ft rubbish chute meant to kill her'
- Jaymin Abdulrahman on trial for attempted murder and two GBH charges
- Experts believe baby hit bottom of the chute at approximately 32mph
- Court case to hear from two psychiatrists about her mental condition
- The baby suffered severe brain injuries including several skull fractures
Jaymin Abdulrahman is alleged to have tried to kill her six-day-old baby by throwing it down a bin chute
A mother intended to kill her six-day-old daughter when she dropped her down a 40ft rubbish chute, a court has heard.
Jaymin Abdulrahman has denied attempted murder, causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and inflicting grievous bodily harm at Birmingham Crown Court.
The 25-year-old is alleged to have wrapped her baby in a piece of material that she then dropped down the chute at her house in Wolverhampton.
The infant suffered severe head and brain injuries, including several skull fractures.
Experts told the court that the baby, who cannot be named, fell 44ft down the chute and hit a metal plate at the bottom of the chute at approximately 32mph.
Despite her denials, Andrew Smith QC told a jury that Abdulrahman would accept during the hearing that she was the person who put the baby into the chute.
Opening the case against Abdulrahman, Mr Smith said the jury would hear evidence from two psychiatrists who had assessed her in recent weeks.
After outlining how a crash test dummy had been used to reconstruct the events at the centre of the case, Mr Smith told jurors: 'The prosecution contend that Miss Abdulrahman knew what she was doing when she carried the baby from the flat and dropped her those five floors down the chute.'
The Crown alleges that the defendant’s 'reason or capacity' to understand the consequences of her actions had not been removed by any mental illness at the time of the incident, Mr Smith added.
At the conclusion of his opening speech, Mr Smith said: 'The reason why she decided to place her daughter in the rubbish chute may be never be known or understood.
'However, the prosecution say that her intention can be clearly identified from her actions on that September afternoon last year.
'There is unlikely to be any dispute that Abdulrahman did cause (the baby) undoubtedly serious injuries.
Birmingham Crown Court heard that when the baby hit a metal plate at the bottom of the chute it was travelling at around 32mph. Miraculously it survived but suffered severe brain injuries including several skull fractures
'The focus, the prosecution anticipates, will be on the defendant’s state of mind in those crucial minutes.
'The prosecution anticipates that the key issue for you in this case will be what did Jaymin Abdulrahman intend, if anything, when she put her into the rubbish chute.
'The prosecution submits in this case that her intention was to kill.'
Prosecutors said they believe Abdulrahman knew what she was doing and intended to kill the baby
It is alleged that the baby was placed into the chute at about 6.30pm and was found, apparently lifeless, by her father later the same day.
Pieces of a broken Moses basket were found in a bin at the bottom of the chute, the court heard, and bits of wood were discovered inside the flat.
Jurors also heard that the baby struck a metal deflector plate placed at the foot of the chute to slow down items of rubbish.
The court was shown computer-generated images of efforts to reconstruct the child’s fall, which caused fractures to the right, left and back of her head.
Mr Smith told the seven men and five women on the jury: 'As the police investigation developed, an expert in accident reconstruction was instructed to examine how she fell and what type of forces would have been involved.'
Experiments had been undertaken with a crash test dummy of a nine-month-old child, Mr Smith said, revealing the vertical drop inside the chute to be 44ft and establishing the estimated impact speed with the metal plate as 32mph.
'In summary, the expert who carried out these tests was able to conclude that the force with which the baby would have struck the metal deflector was comparable to having been in a 30mph car crash without wearing a seat-belt,' Mr Smith submitted.
The trial continues.
The baby was found in a large bin wrapped in a piece of material after she was thrown down the rubbish chute
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