Nadia Zofia Kalinowska: Stepfather admits child’s murder

Nadia Zofia Kalinowska: Stepfather admits child's murder
Nadia was rushed to hospital from her home in Newtownabbey

A five-year-old girl’s stepfather has pleaded guilty to her murder.

Nadia Zofia Kalinowska died in December 2019 after being discovered injured at her family home on Fernagh Drive in Newtownabbey.

Her mother, Aleksandra Wahab, 28, and the child’s stepfather, Abdul Wahab, 34, were charged with murder on Wednesday at Belfast Crown Court.

On Thursday, when the case was reopened, Abdul Wahab pleaded guilty to murder.

Nadia Zofia Kalinowska: Stepfather admits child's murder
Nadia

In addition, the Pakistani national pleaded guilty to two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent 24 hours before the child’s death, as well as on other occasions between July and December of that year.

Mr Justice O’Hara, the judge, sentenced Wahab to life in prison.

At a later date, a minimum period before he can be released will be established.

At a later date, a minimum period before he can be released will be established.

According to the evidence presented at the trial, the schoolgirl was tortured and murdered in her own home, a place where she should have felt safe.

During the opening, Crown barrister Liam McCollum described Nadia’s injuries.

Nadia died as a result of a skull fracture and lacerated liver, as well as rib fractures and re-fractures, a fractured collarbone, a fractured pelvis, and a bowel injury.

Nadia also had 70 surface injuries, including bruising and abrasions, at the time of her death.

This led the Crown to conclude that Nadia had been subjected to a campaign of physical abuse in the family home which culminated in her death.

The house at Fernagh Drive where Nadia Zofia Kalinowska died
Nadia was rushed to hospital from her home in Newtownabbey

As the hearing was due to resume on Thursday, barristers for both Mr and Mrs Wahab asked that their clients be re-arraigned.

At this point Abdul Wahab bowed his head and tearfully pleaded guilty to the murder.

Aleksandra Wahab pleaded guilty to allowing the death of a child and allowing a child to suffer serious physical harm.

These pleas were accepted by the court and the jury was discharged.

She was remanded back into custody.

The judge told the jury of seven men and five women that because both defendants had now pleaded guilty to three charges each, he directed them to return not guilty verdicts on all remaining counts.

Nadia was in P1 at St James’ Primary School in Newtownabbey.

source:nsemwokrom.com

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