Jail for Burnley woman who branded 12-year-old girl with hot iron

CAGED: Mariam Naeem (21) was jailed for eight years for a 'vicious' attack on a 12-year-old schoolgirl. (s)

CAGED: Mariam Naeem (21) was jailed for eight years for a 'vicious' attack on a 12-year-old schoolgirl. (s)

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A WOMAN who branded a schoolgirl with a hot iron during a vicious attack has been jailed for eight years.

Mariam Naeem (21) attacked the 12-year-old with a hot iron, burning and scarring her arms, stabbing her with a large kitchen knife and beating her about the head with a hammer at an address in Burnley on June 23rd, 2009.

The “vulnerable” girl suffered serious injuries including a fractured skull. She was treated at Manchester Children’s Hospital but still has scars.

Naeem, of New Hall Street, Burnley, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court after admitting wounding with intent and perverting the course of justice.

During her time on remand Naeem and her brother, Saqib Naeem, discussed trying to fool doctors and officers into believing she was mentally unwell to gain a hospital order rather than a custodial sentence. Sshe was then charged with perverting the course of justice.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Constable Matt Capper said: “Naeem has at no point shown any remorse for her actions. Not only did she violently attack the victim with weapons she also attempted to avoid punishment and a custodial sentence by pretending to be mentally ill.”

Naeem’s 26-year-old brother Saqib Naeem, of New Hall Street, Burnley, also admitted perverting the course of justice and was given a four-month suspended sentence and 180 hours community service.

There’s more on this shocking case in tomorrow’s Express