From the Mail Online:
A mother who gave birth to a baby girl in 'secret' following an affair, let her newborn die before burying its body in the ground.
Fatima Ali, from Bury, Greater Manchester, feared she would bring shame upon her devout Muslim family for having the child out of wedlock.
And after giving birth to the infant - alone her bedroom, she cut the umbilical chord and left it to die.
Last Friday at Bolton Crown Court Ali burst into tears as she was given a 26-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, and subjected to a twelve month supervision order.
Sentencing, Judge John Appleby said, 'You failed to seek medical assistance following the birth of your daughter.
'The tragedy that followed is at the immense disaster for this child. She died within two hours of her birth, and, had you acted appropriately, her life could have been saved.
'There’s no evidence that you ill-treated or assaulted the child and it’s still a mystery perhaps as to the course of action you took following her birth.'
'This is a tragedy and the result of your actions will be with you for the rest of your life.'
Earlier the court heard that Fatima lived with her aunt and uncle.
Her family had disapproved of her relationship with Kazi Mohammed Dilwar Hussein and, when she had fallen pregnant, her partner gave her money to have an abortion in Birmingham in 2009.
Nazir Afzal, Greater Manchester Chief Crown Prosecutor said: 'Whatever the community or familial dishonour or shame, real or perceived, that Ali may have felt, it did not justify the tragic death of the most vulnerable victim, a new born baby boy or girl.
'Life is a precious thing and not something to be thrown away in a nearby garden.'
Defending, Lisa Roberts, said her client had made a bad decision and was still physically and emotionally in shock for some time after the birth.
Roberts added that having been raised by her aunt, she effectively had two families to disobey by having a baby out of wedlock due to their culture.
Miss Roberts noted: 'She went out with her family that same evening. What else was she to do? She had concealed her pregnancy from those she was closest.
'It was a bit late to be telling them, having given birth in her bedroom, to say she was unable to go out.'
Miss Roberts added it was hard to imagine the circumstances which Fatima faced.
'She has genuine remorse and genuine understanding of what she has done and why she has done it.
Miss Roberts said Ali realised how foolish she had been getting involved with a man who had promised to marry and support her, but instead left the country.
Her phone revealed numerous texts between the defendant and her partner - who was out the country, one of which included a photograph of the baby.
The court also heard how Fatima's entire family had since been ostracised by community members, not only for what she has done, but also because of the relationship she had out of wedlock.
Roberts continued: 'She has cultural processes, that some cannot begin to understand, that still play a significant part in her life.'