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Granny tells of baby's killing.

A grandmother of a baby boy has told a court how she was slashed while trying to protect him from his knife-wielding father.

Pauline Martin was giving evidence in the trial of Hassan Martin's father Shahajan Kabir, who has pleaded not guilty to murdering him.

Hassan's throat was cut in Gregg's in Carlisle where his grandmother and mother, 21-year-old Lorna Martin, were trying to buy him a cake for his first birthday.

Kabir, 40, an illegal immigrant living in Carlisle, denies murdering Hassan.

He also denies unlawfully wounding the two women in the same incident.

The grandmother, 40, told the court he behaved like a Jekyll and Hyde character as he brandished a 12-inch knife in Gregg's bakery shop in Carlisle.

She said: "Kabir pointed the knife in our direction, and he waved it about in front of us, in all directions, horizontally and vertically.

"His eyes were glaring at us. He also had a smirk on his face. He reminded me of Jekyll and Hyde, one minute calm and the next totally changed."

After producing the knife, she said Kabir grabbed hold of his son's bib and started pulling the child about, lifting the wheels of the pushchair off the floor.

She said Kabir cut one of her fingers with the knife as she went to help the baby, before she noticed blood on the child's neck.

She said: "I couldn't make any sense at first and then I realised what had happened ( his throat was cut."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 21, 2004
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