Judge Laing called Kudi “deceitful and manipulative” and added: “You knew full well you should not be doing what you were doing. It is a particularly distressing aspect of this case that it is unlikely she would have cried for any time, because she had learned on many occasions there would have been no response.”
Kudi, wearing a black jacket and a face mask, bowed her head as details of the final days of her daughter’s life were read out in the courtroom.
Prosecutor Sally Howes QC said Kudi left Brighton on Dec 5 and went to London, where she spent her birthday with her boyfriend, and went out for dinner with friends the following day at the Donut Shack in Putney, in the south west of the capital.
On Dec 7 she attended a concert in Elephant and Castle, staying out until 4am and having a DJ announce her birthday to the club. On Dec 9, she moved on to a birthday party in Coventry before returning to London the next day and then home to Brighton on Dec 11.
At 6.12pm that day, ambulance staff arrived at Kudi’s flat and Asiah was taken to the city’s Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital but was confirmed dead on arrival.
Peter Wilcock QC, defending Kudi, said it was “truly a tragic and devastating case”, adding: “She herself, the defendant, is both very young and, we would submit, very vulnerable.”
Months before the incident, mother and daughter had been moved into a sheltered residential block for vulnerable families run by the charity YMCA DownsLink on behalf of Brighton City Council.
In a statement released by Sussex Police, Asiah and Verphy’s family said: “We are saddened by the current situation and as a family we have many unanswered questions. Verphy has experienced so much at such a young age, and we have always done what we can to support her.
“As a family, we are in the midst of an unbearable tragedy. Not only are we coming to terms with what has happened today but we are also still grieving for our beloved Asiah. We would be grateful if our privacy can be respected at this moment.”