UK: Cultural Enrichment at a Very High Price

Father who walked out on daughter a year before her mother let her starve to death wins legal aid to sue council

Daily Mail

He hadn’t seen his seven-year-old daughter for more than a year.

But after she starved to death at the hands of her mother and the woman’s boyfriend he was quick to criticise the authorities for their failure to help.

Now Ishaq Abuzaire, 38, who had walked out on Khyra and five other children to set up home with another woman, has been given legal aid to sue his local council.

Khyra Ishaq weighed just 2st 7lb when she died after sustained abuse from her mother - the father who did not live with her is now suing a city council over their failure to intervene
Appalling cruelty: Khyra lost 40 per cent of her body weight before dying and now her father ishaq Abuzaire is launching legal action against the council involved in her protection

Appalling cruelty: Khyra lost 40 per cent of her body weight before dying and now her father ishaq Abuzaire is launching legal action against the council involved in her protection

Despite admitting his own feelings of guilt in the aftermath of Khyra’s death three years ago, Mr Abuzaire has launched legal action against Birmingham City Council over a catalogue of failings in the run up to the tragedy. He will claim a five-figure sum in compensation.

Khyra Ishaq’s mother, Angela Gordon, 35, was jailed for 15 years last year while her schizophrenic boyfriend, Junaid Abuhamza, was given an indeterminate sentence with a seven-and-a-half year minimum. Both admitted manslaughter.

Birmingham Crown Court heard that despite the fridge being well-stocked with food, Khyra had lost 40 per cent of her body weight when she died and weighed only 2st 9lb.

Angela Gordon, pictured here in a family video. Her daughter was beaten with a bamboo cane, forced to stand outside in her underwear for hours and had lost 40 per cent of her body weight when she diedAngela Gordon, pictured here in a family video. Her daughter was beaten with a bamboo cane, forced to stand outside in her underwear for hours and had lost 40 per cent of her body weight when she died

She had been reduced to scavenging bread from a neighbour’s bird table because the pair kept their kitchen at the house in the city’s deprived Handsworth suburb bolted shut in a ‘behavioural code’.

Khyra was also beaten with a cane and forced to stand outside in her underwear for hours.

A serious case review found she died after a catalogue of ‘missed opportunities’ by social workers and other agencies.

Weight gain: Angela Gordon has reportedly piled on the pounds while in prison for starving her daughterWeight gain: Angela Gordon has reportedly piled on the pounds while in prison for starving her daughter

Social services were first alerted to concerns about Khyra by her head in December 2007 when she was caught stealing another child’s lunch.

Mr Abuzaire, who was born Delroy Francis but changed his name after converting to Islam, is fighting for full custody of his surviving five children.

His solicitor, Tony Hall, confirmed he was investigating a claim on behalf of Mr Abuzaire and the five children against the council for ‘negligence and breach of statutory duty’.

If it is successful, the children would be expected to win a far bigger payout than Mr Abuzaire.

The money would be held in court funds but if their father wins full custody, the court could release some or all of the cash to him if it could be shown the money would be used towards their welfare.

Khalid Mahmood, MP for Birmingham Perry Bar, said: ‘Everybody knows there were many errors made in this case, in terms of social services’ failure to investigate vigorously enough what was going on behind closed doors.

‘But Mr Abuzaire could have made more effort to maintain contact with his children.’ Mr Abuzaire, from Nechells, Birmingham, has two children with his second wife Carolina. He did not return calls about the legal action.

Speaking in the aftermath of Khyra’s death, he admitted: ‘Of course I feel guilty. I have failed my child because my child is in the morgue.’

But responding to the findings of the serious case review last summer, he laid the blame squarely at the door of Birmingham’s social services department for making ‘one disastrous decision after another’.

Neglect: The Birmingham home where Khyra lived and died
Neglect: The Birmingham home where Khyra lived and died

Neglect: The Birmingham home where Khyra lived and died

8 thoughts on “UK: Cultural Enrichment at a Very High Price”

  1. Just because he walked out on his daughter doesn’t mean that he wanted her to starve to death.

    And why didn’t social workers prevent the tradgedy from happening?

  2. Infidela you display the same moonbat stupidity that so many have. HE was her FATHER it was HIS responsibility as much as the mothers and the NANNY STATE is not a father substitute. It always someone elses fault with moonbats.

  3. I’m not one who refuses to admit when I am wrong, and you are right that he is responsible for his daughters welfare, and she no doubt would still be alive if he hadn’t walked out.

    Thanks for your post realist.

  4. So who IS the one who refuses to admit they are wrong then Infidela? BTW is Infidela short for Infidelity?

  5. The idiot who approved the legal aid should be made to pay all the costs of the case, which should be thrown out of court as quickly as possible and the father should be charged with neglect and deported!

  6. The father is responsible.
    I can think of no two people more unfit to raise a child, except for the foolish woman in California who married a Muslim man and then assumed her daughter would be safe.

  7. If the father had bothered visiting his daughter he would have picked up on the dreadful abuse , and starvation of this little girl! He should be deported, and the mother also after she serves her prison term…

  8. This whole story of Khyra ishaq is very sad the one responsible is Angela Gordon her own foolish mother and the evil step dad Junaid. I have nothing against her own dad Ishaq his only fault is he should have continued to keep in touch with his children even after he left and as for Birmgingham social services they did a poor job they should employ people like us from Africa we could have done a better job as i can tell an abused child very fast. They took the job as a joke otherwise Khyra would still be alive so let them pay back huge amounts to the father and the other siblings that were abused.

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