Kadees Mohammed, 30, had ‘neurological issues’ but ‘didn’t really want to talk about it’ in the days before the alleged murder of little Mohammed Ibrahim, Health visitor Melanie Clarke said
A man who killed his baby son “did not want to talk about” issues in the days before the alleged murder, a court has heard.
Health visitor Melanie Clarke visited the family house of murder-accused Kadees Mohammed on Dovey Road in Sparkhill, Birmingham, in October 2022 – nine days before three-week-old Mohammed Ibrahim was fatally attacked. The expert said 30-year-old Mohammed had “neurological issues” but added he “didn’t really want to talk about it”.
Giving evidence at Birmingham Crown Court today, Ms Clarke recalled that the defendant told her he was due to have an assessment for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), because he could not concentrate at work. The jury has previously been told Mohammed was a civil servant for the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Asked how “comfortable” the defendant was talking about his mental health, Ms Clarke said: “I felt he didn’t really want to talk about it. He was giving the information I asked but didn’t really want to talk much more than the conversation I have documented.”
Ms Clarke also stated she spoke to Mohammed and his wife Mehwish Mubashir about depression and post-natal depression but neither said they had had any such issues. She told the court she spent between an hour to 90 minutes at their terraced home on Dovey Road and confirmed baby Ibrahim seemed “well cared for”.
Ms Clarke agreed that she had no concerns and that the couple did not require any additional support above the ordinary, Birmingham Live reports. As the case was opened yesterday the jury was told that Ms Mubashir awoke around 3am on October 18 last year to find her son unresponsive with her husband kneeling over him saying “Allahu Akbar” – God is Great in Arabic.
The court was then given a graphic description of how the defendant inflicted fatal injuries with “severe force” to the baby and struck his wife and mother with an iron when they tried to stop him. It was alleged the defendant “struggled with his sexuality” and spoke of having “intrusive” and suicidal thoughts the previous day.
Mohammed has denied murder, manslaughter and two counts of wounding with intent. There is “no dispute” he inflicted fatal injuries to his baby and serious injuries to his partner and mother but he relies on the legal defence of “insanity”, the court has heard. The trial continues.
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