Khyra Ishaq's killers have sentencing date put back
The mother and stepfather of a seven-year-old Birmingham girl who starved to death have had their sentencing adjourned so the judge can hear evidence from psychiatrists.
Khyra Ishaq died in May 2008 when her body succumbed to an infection after months of starvation at her home in Handsworth.
Her mother Angela Gordon, 35, and Junaid Abuhamza, 30, were initially tried for her murder but after a number of weeks, and following psychiatric assessment, prosecutors at Birmingham Crown Court accepted their not guilty pleas.
Both admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and five counts of child cruelty relating to five other children, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
They were due to be sentenced today (Friday) but Mr Justice Roderick Evans adjourned the sentencing to date to be fixed, after deciding to hear evidence from psychiatrists in person.
The case, which ended last week, sparked calls for Birmingham City Council's strategic director for children, young people and families, Tony Howell, to resign.
Mr Howell said such an action would serve no purpose, adding that "major changes" had been made and a serious case review into Khyra's death was still being conducted by the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board.