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Fijian Faces Melbourne Court For Daughter’s Murder

22-year-old Sofina Nikat faces charges of killing her 14-month-old baby Sanaya Sahib who was found dead in Darebin Creek in Melbourne The mother accused of killing her own toddler before
05 Aug 2016 10:06
Fijian Faces Melbourne Court For Daughter’s Murder
Sofina Nikat with baby Sanaya Sahib

22-year-old Sofina Nikat faces charges of killing her 14-month-old baby Sanaya Sahib who was found dead in Darebin Creek in Melbourne

The mother accused of killing her own toddler before blaming an African man who was barefoot and smelling of alcohol has faced a Melbourne court in Australia for the first time.

She appeared via video link but prosecutors successfully requested to adjourn the case for two weeks while evidence was analysed.

Sofina Nikat, 22, was charged with the murder of her 14-month-old baby Sanaya Sahib after the toddler was found dead in Darebin Creek in Melbourne’s northeast on April 10 just before 3pm.

Nikat reported to police the day before the grim discovery that her daughter was snatched from a pram by a barefoot man of African appearance, who reeked of alcohol.

Police appealed to the public for information about the man and no stories from witnesses aligned with the alleged claims made by Nikat.

CCTV footage captured the mother walking into Olympic Park, in Heidelberg West in Melbourne’s northeast, with her daughter.

She was later seen allegedly calmly walking out of the park with an empty pram.

On April 12, Nikat faced an out of sessions court in Melbourne and was charged with the baby’s death.

Homicide detective Stuart Bailey told the brief hearing Nikat made a full admission to police and was charged with one count of murder and did not apply for bail.

She covered her face with a copy of the Koran and was wearing a dark cardigan and thongs.

Nikat was supposed to face court the following day but was excused after being assessed by a psychiatric nurse and doctor while she was in custody.

Her lawyer Michael McNamara told the court it was Nikat’s “preference” not to be brought to the court from the cells below the building.

He told Magistrate Johanna Metcalfe there were serious concerns for Nikat’s mental state.

Welfare agencies in the weeks and months before Sanaya’s death were also being investigated by the Victorian government.

Nikat is expected to face court again August 31.

Source: news.com.au

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