Jail threat for woman who attacked a girl and then faked mental illness

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A WOMAN facing jail for a three weapon “frenzied attack” on a girl has admitted feigning mental illness.

Mariam Naeem (21) left her victim seriously injured, after setting about her with a hot iron, burning her repeatedly, and then arming herself with a 5in. blade and hammer.

She was then said to have chased the child and carried on raining blows on the victim in the “unprovoked and sustained” assault at a house in Burnley in June 2009, Burnley Crown Court heard.

Naeem, said to have suffered strong mood swings at the time and to have had to seek medical treatment over a “personal problem” shortly before she struck, put the victim in hospital for 10 days. The child, whose skin was described as bubbling and flaking from severe burns to her arms, body and face, also suffered a fractured skull, brain damage and had hammer wounds to her head and knife wounds.

She was taken to Manchester Children’s Hospital, where she was treated by a team of neurosurgeons, paediatricians and plastic surgeons.

Naeem’s vicious outburst had come eight months after she attacked her partner, scratching his car with a knife and also sinking her teeth into him, the hearing was told.

The defendant, of New Hall Street, Burnley, had earlier admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent to the child. She has since been on remand awaiting sentence and Judge Jonathan Gibson had earlier told her she faced up to seven-and-a-half years behind bars for the offence.

On Thursday, she and her brother Saqib Naeem (25), also of New Hall Street, pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice, between last May and July. She to pretending to suffer from a mental illness and he to assisting and encouraging her. He was of previous good character and was given unconditional bail until May 13th for sentence at Preston Crown Court.

His sister was remanded in custody until the same date for a pre-sentence report and the judge said that he would need a danger assessment.

Judge Gibson told her: “You face a period of custody.”