Neighbor Accused of Killing 11-Year-Old Girl

Neighbor Accused of Killing 11-Year-Old Girl
Jesmin Akter, 33

An 11-year-old girl died after a neighbor allegedly used an illegal bedbug cure to tackle the pests in a nearby apartment in London. 

According to U.K. newspaper The Times, Fatiha Sabrin died in December 2021 after the neighbor allegedly used an illegally imported poisonous substance to kill bedbugs in her apartment, and the dangerous gas phosphine seeped from her apartment into Fatiha’s.

Her neighbor, Jesmin Akter, 33, was charged with manslaughter and importing a regulated substance following the incident, per The Times. Akter denied the charges during a hearing at the Old Bailey in London on Jan. 12.

Fatiha Sabrin
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According to The Times, Akter is accused of importing the substance from Italy without a license in November 2021. The aluminum phosphide is allegedly activated by moisture to create the gas phosphine, which travelled to Fatiha’s apartment above.

A stock image of a bed bug. GETTY
A stock image of a bed bug. GETTY

According to a press release from the British Pest Control Association, Akter is accused of using “three times the recommended amount of aluminum phosphide pellets to treat bed bugs in her flat,” which was below Fatiha’s family’s home.

Neighbor Accused of Killing 11-Year-Old Girl
Jesmin Akter, 33
During an earlier court appearance, district judge Jane McIvor heard how Akter had evacuated herself and her family from the building that night, as reported by U.K. newspaper The Telegraph,

Thames Magistrates Court also previously heard how Fatiha went into cardiac arrest on Dec. 11, 2021, and later died in the hospital.

Akter is next due to appear in court on Apr. 19, and a three-week trial is set to begin on Jul. 1, per the outlet.