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Brit Jailed Over Toddler Skype Drowning Death
A man who told his girlfriend to plunge her daughter's head into a bucket of water during a video call has been jailed.
Ammaz Qureshi was in London when he gave Norwegian lover Yasmin Chaudhry instructions on how to discipline 21-month-old Hunaina in the early hours of the morning in October 2010.
The baby was twice dangled head first into the bucket, after already being deliberately deprived of sleep, a court in Oslo heard.
They were each sentenced for manslaughter because the court found it could not be proved that they intended to kill the toddler.
Qureshi was sentenced to nine years, while Chaudhry was jailed for eight years.
Chaudhry told court officials she slapped the toddler on the buttocks or face, sat her naked in the shower and hosed her with cold water, and put tape over her mouth when she cried.
She was also forced to eat a teaspoon of chilli powder, sleep-deprived, and strapped in a chair as punishment.
Chaudhry said she started off by splashing or spraying the toddler in the face as a punishment, and this escalated to putting her head under a running tap, and then to using a bucket.
Qureshi, who had previously beaten two of his wives, offered advice on topics he had no knowledge of and Chaudhry obeyed him, the court heard.
The pair met on Facebook in autumn 2009 through Chaudhry's brother, a school friend of Qureshi, and they began an affair.