Wife of Brit pilot who ‘killed their baby by crushing her brains’ carried tot’s body and wailed ‘he killed my child’

THE wife of a British pilot carried her motionless daughter through a hotel lobby sobbing that her husband had killed my child, a court was told.

Airbus 330 captain Mohamed Barakat, 41, faces up to 20 years in a Kazakhstan jail if he is convicted of murdering their one-year-old daughter Sophia. Prosecutors claim that her death came from the bilateral compression of the skull.

Madi Alimkhanov, who is the security chief at the Intercontinental Hotel, told Almaty court that he had seen the pilot's wife Madina, 22, carrying the tot who he believed to be dead.

"When I approached the reception, I saw a crying woman in whose arms was a child,” he said. 

“The child was all blue, the  eyes were closed. The girl did not show any signs of life. 

“The woman shouted: ‘He killed my child, he hit her’," he told the court.

Security went to the room where the "drunk" pilot was in the bathroom screaming as he held a hand shower, according to reports.

When police entered the room, [Barakat] "was lying on his back with his underpants on and looking away," Mr Alimkhanov said.

"His eyes were conscious, but in an inadequate state. His eyes were glassy, like people who take drugs."

The security guard accused Barakat of behaving aggressively, cursing in English, it's reported.

The child's head was banged against the walls and doors of his hotel suite, claims the indictment.

The pilot – who denies murder and claims he is not getting a fair trial in Kazakhstan – cross-examined the security guard.

Alimkhanov reportedly said in his testimony that the one-year-old had no pulse but appeared to backtrack when questioned by the pilot.

The security guard couldn't confirm that he had seen Barakat allegedly take drugs or get drunk.

When the pilot asked: "Did you see how I killed my daughter?", Alimkhanov responded: "No", the court heard.

Miyat Yerkinov, who was supervising a security shift at the hotel, said he saw Madina "crying very loudly".

"She said the girl had been killed and that her husband could commit suicide".

He told the court how he detained Barakat who had approached him with a piece of wood in his hotel room. 

“I grabbed his right hand, swept it round, put him down on the floor and folded his arms back,” he said. 

He claimed that he used sticky tape to secure his hands before police arrived. 

Alimkhanov’s testimony appeared to contradict Kazakh law enforcement allegations that Barakat had beaten his wife during a row which led to the one-year-old's death. 

"She did not seem to have bruises or abrasions on her face, her clothes were not  torn,” he said.


Madina and Barakat’s legal team have argued that Sophia’s death was  “essentially an accident”, and suggested the evidence against the Hong Kong Airlines pilot was “fabricated” and riddled with errors. 

An attempt by the defence to change the judge in the trial, Bakhytkhan Bakirbayev, failed. 

The pilot has been held in custody in Kazakhstan for 11 months since his arrest at the five star hotel in Almaty where Sophia died. 

In an earlier hearing he told the court: “I completely reject the (murder) indictment.”

Forensic experts established the child suffered multiple injuries and had no chance of survival in their eighth floor room, a remote session of the court hearing was told. 

Her skull was fractured and her brain “crushed”, it was reported.

Madina earlier told the court: “I have repeated many times that Mohamed could not have killed Sofia. 

“From my statement it is clear that I was shocked, scared and stressed. 

“I had lost my daughter under terrible circumstances, and I did not have a lawyer. 

"The police took advantage of this, forced me to testify. They deprived me of the right not to testify against my husband."

The pilot's wife said she had been "threatened" with being made a murder suspect if she didn't testify against her British husband.

"The prosecutor's deliberately ignored my statement that I did not suspect Mohamed of murder," she said.

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