Mum stabbed two-year-old daughter
PUBLISHED: 16:52 12 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:31 11 August 2010
A MOTHER stabbed her toddler daughter to death days after being diagnosed to be suffering from a mental disorder, the Old Bailey heard. Galtricia Ntsimbi, 23, knifed two-year-old Trycia Balhous five times, then turned the blade on herself. She was discove
A MOTHER stabbed her toddler daughter to death days after being diagnosed to be suffering from a mental disorder, the Old Bailey heard.
Galtricia Ntsimbi, 23, knifed two-year-old Trycia Balhous five times, then turned the blade on herself.
She was discovered in her Thames View Estate flat soaked in blood.
Five days earlier Ntsimbi, who had become 'unhinged from reality' was arrested for harassing a Barking mini-market shopkeeper.
A police doctor examined her and concluded she was suffering from a 'fixed delusional disorder' and needed further attention.
A referral was made to Barking and Dagenham social services, but there were difficulties in finding a French-speaking interpreter to help with follow-up meetings.
As a result Ntsimbi was released on bail without charge.
Judge David Paget QC, said last week that it was a 'thousand pities' that the police doctor's warnings had not been taken further.
"The forensic medical examiner was sufficiently troubled to say there might be a fixed delusional disorder.
"It seems a thousand pities that his views were not followed up on more precisely - it might have avoided this tragedy."
Prosecutor, Christopher Tehrani said that Ntsimbi arrived in London from Paris in 2006 after splitting from her daughter's partner.
He had raised concerns about his former lover's state of mind after he had seen her throw the baby against a wall.
But the French authorities refused him custody of the child, and granted it instead to Ntsimbi.
Congolese-born Ntsimbi set up home in a flat in Law House, Maybury Road, Barking.
During the summer of last year her behaviour became increasingly erratic and she was banned from a shop near her home for harassing the owner, Huseyin Alacayir.
Neighbours said she walked around in a daze, and in July last year she threatened an elderly woman with a knife who told her she had put dirty washing in a tumble dryer, the court was told.
On August 13 police officers called by a neighbour found the baby, who was already dead, and Ntsimbi covered in blood with a 25cm-long knife floor.
Ntsimbi had inflicted five stab wounds to her own chest and abdomen.
Baby Trycia suffered multiple wounds to her chest, arm and back and died from haemorrhaging and shock caused by the blows.
Ntsimbi pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Judge Paget ordered that Ntsimbi be detained in hospital indefinitely and made an order under sections 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act 'in the interests of safety to the public.
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