Final Words Of A Girl Killed By Her Mother

A five-year-old girl begged her mother not to kill her as she was strangled to death at home.

Martina Madarova had put on cartoons for her daughter Alijah Thomas before carrying out the action as the child cried ‘Mummy, don’t kill me.’

The 41-year-old then proceeded to strangle Alijah, before ‘tucking her in with a blanket’ at their home in Ealing, west London.

According to reports, Madarova had been suffering from her mental health and turned to alcohol during the COVID-19 lockdown. She had been in a ‘dark place’ the night before her daughter’s tragic death.

She was given a five-year jail sentence after a judge ruled that she had ‘low responsibility’ over Alijah’s death.

In the months leading up to the incident, family members and friends became concerned for Madarova’s wellbeing as she appeared ‘increasingly stressed,’ a court heard.

She became more concerned after her hours as a carer was been reduced, affecting her income and she had become anxious after missing the deadline to enrol Alijah at school.

Alijah’s father David Thomas, who still maintained a close relationship with Madarova said in a statement read by prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC, “The week before Alijah’s death I took four days off to help sort out the school place and to calm Martina down as she was not herself.

“It was clear she was not herself. I was asking her to get herself checked into the GP as she seemed depressed.

“She was putting a lot of pressure on herself. During our discussions about things she would start crying and just walk off into another room.”

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