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Briton 'Told Lover To Drown Child On Skype'
A Norwegian prosecutor has called for an 18-year jail sentence for a British man accused of murdering his lover's daughter by ordering her to submerge the child's head while he watched online.
Norwegian Yasmin Chaudhry is accused of drowning her 21-month-old daughter in a bucket of water in October 2010.
Prosecutor Cecilie Schloesser Moeller claimed the 28-year-old was following instructions from her British lover, Ammaz Omer Qureshi, 35, who was speaking to her from London in an online Skype video chat.
Ms Schloesser Moeller claimed Qureshi gave instructions to "discipline" the child by dunking her head in a bucket of water for interrupting their late-night discussion.
She called for Chaudhry to be given a 16-year prison sentence, two years less than her lover, because she had helped the investigation.
The 28-year-old pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder but admitted assaulting her daughter, who was from a previous relationship. Her lover denied any involvement in the crime.
According to investigators, after the toddler interrupted the couple's online video chat, the mother plunged the child's head under water twice until she lost consciousness.
Chaudhry then called emergency services- claiming her daughter had suffered an accident - but the child died in hospital the following day.
The pair are also accused of "regularly" torturing the girl, allegedly forcing her to swallow chilli powder, gagging her with adhesive tape, slapping her in the face and forcing her to take cold showers and sleep on the floor.
Chaudhry was allegedly instructed to carry out the abuse on the girl by Qureshi, who sometimes watched via the internet.