A mother who threw her baby down a rubbish chute at a block of flats in Wolverhampton was this afternoon freed on appeal from prison.
One of the country’s top judges said Jaymin Abdulrahman should never have been jailed. The mother dropped her six-day-old daughter 44ft down the chute at her home.
Appeal judges heard that she was in the grip of post-natal psychosis.
The 25-year-old was cleared of attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent in June following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
But she was jailed for two-and-a-half years after being found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm without intent.
However during an hearing appealing against the sentence today at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, she was freed.
Allowing the appeal against the length of her jail sentence, judges said her psychiatric condition meant she was acting out of character at the time of the offence.
Lord Justice Laws reduced her sentenced to 12 months, which she has already served.
He said: “I am inclined to think she should not have been sent to prison at all.”
The baby was found by her father in a bin at the bottom of the chute suffering serious injuries including a fractured skull. She now requires around-the-clock care.
The court heard that the baby had travelled at speeds of up to 29mph down the chute in Whitmore Reans.
She was later seen by a psychiatrist who said she was suffering at the time from an extreme form of post natal depression which affects just one in 500 women.
Lord Justice Laws today said: “In our judgment, this is a wholly exceptional case.
“It is not merely that this appellant’s mental condition offers some mitigation for her actions – it is clear to us that the whole and only explanation for what she did was an acute psychosis.”