Mum, 41, who 'strangled girl, 5, to death at home' appears in court charged with her murder

A MUM accused of strangling her five-year-old daughter has appeared in court today.

Martina Madarova, 41, allegedly murdered Aliyah Thomas at their home in Ealing, West London, on September 14.

Police were called to their home on Leyborne Avenue after 'concerns' were raised for the child's welfare.

The London Ambulance Service also attended but Aliyah was pronounced dead at the scene.

A photo of little Aliyah showed the five-year-old with curly pig-tails, smiling at the camera.

Madarova, originally from Slovakia, appeared at the Old Bailey via video-link from HMP Bronzefield wearing a prison issue grey tracksuit, speaking only confirm her name.


Prosecutor Julian Evans said: "This is the defendant's first appearance at the crown court, she is charged with the murder of her daughter at their home address on September 14.

"Police were called to the defendant's home address on the morning of September 14.

"Emergency services came and found the body of her daughter lifeless.She was declared dead at the scene at 13:51.

"The post-mortem examination took place on September 15 and the cause of death is compression above the neck."

Madarova is charged with murder.

Judge John Hillen remanded her in custody ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing on December 6.

Speaking after the little girl's death, a neighbour of the family said: "I'm so shocked because she was such a lovely little girl. She was shy and didn’t always answer me.

"She was always well dressed and looked after from what I could see."

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