Mother awarded lifer for murdering son over failing to memorise Quran

Agencies : London, Thu Dec 06 2012, 14:50 hrs

Sara Ege, 33, a mathematics graduate from India, was found guilty at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday of beating her son Yaseen Ege to death at their home in Pontcanna, Cardiff, in July 2010 and setting fire to his body, the BBC reported. She had not only found guilty for murdering him but also setting his body on fire to hide evidence.

The boy’s father, Yousuf Ege, 38, was acquitted of causing Yaseen’s death by failing to protect him, the Daily Telegraph reported.

She and her taxi driver husband had enrolled Yaseen in advanced classes at their local mosque as they wanted him to become Hafiz, an Islamic term for someone who memorises the Quran.

During the hour-long harrowing footage, university graduate Ege described how the young boy collapsed after she had beaten him while still murmuring extracts of the Quran. Sara said in her confession back then that she decided to burn his body and ran downstairs to get a lighter and a bottle of barbecue gel. In police interviews she also confessed to beating her son for no reason and that her anger often led to her being out of control. The court also heard Ege become more and more frustrated with her son’s inability to learn the passages he needed to.

“I was getting all this bad stuff in my head, like I couldn’t concentrate, I was getting angry too much, I would shout at Yaseen all the time. I was getting very wild and I hit Yaseen with a stick on his back like a dog,” she told officers.

Sara also claimed at one point she believed the stick she used on her son had an evil spirit in it.

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