'No Hatred' for Mother Who Killed Her 5-year-old Daughter

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Martina Madarova was jailed for 5 years
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The father of a 5-year-old girl who was strangled to death by her mother in West Ealing last year has said he bears ‘no hatred’.

Alijah Thomas died after being strangled by 41-year-old Martina Madarova at their home in Leybourne Avenue on Tuesday 14 September. The police were called at 12:56pm and, despite attempts to revive her, Alijah was pronounced dead at the scene.

Martina Madarova was arrested at the scene and was charged on Wednesday, 15 September with murder and has been remanded in custody since.

She appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday, 28 January charged with murder but entered a plea of manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility the plea was accepted by the court.

She was sentenced at the same hearing to five years' imprisonment.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Shirley of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said, “This has been a truly harrowing investigation that involved the loss of an innocent young life at the hands of a loved one.

“I sincerely hope that Alijah’s family are comforted by the knowledge that Martina Madarova will now receive the help that she needs. Our thoughts are with them today.”

5-year-old Alijah Thomas
5-year-old Alijah Thomas

Alijah’s father said, “No words could ever explain or put into context how I have felt since Alijah was taken from us. There is no escaping this situation, every day I have to live through the loss of my daughter and the impact it has had on us. This has changed our lives.

“I am not only suffering the loss of my daughter but I have also lost my partner in these tragic circumstances. Martina was more than just a partner, she was my best friend and my soul mate. This is a case of mental health. There is no hatred towards Martina.”

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January 28, 2022

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