'Life' for mother who killed son

A mother who beat her son before setting his body on fire will serve a minimum of 17 years in prison, after being jailed for life. 33-year-old Sara Ege killed Yaseen Ali Ege, 7, at the family home in Pontcanna, Cardiff in July 2010.

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Father: Yaseen was 'a beautiful little boy'

My memories of my son are that he was a beautiful little boy, a very happy boy who was decent and polite. It is hard for me now to describe my loving feelings for my son.

He was loved by all who had known him due to his beautiful nature and his high academic level.

I would like to thank all my family, friends for the endless support through these difficult times and I would like to thank all the people who sent messages of condolences.

– Yousef Ali Ege, Yaseen's father

Yousef Ali Ege was found not guilty of causing or allowing the death of his son by failing to act, in the trial which finished last month.

Domestic violence previously reported in Ege family

A Serious Case Review set up to look into the death of Yaseen Ali Ege says 'while lessons can be learned by all the agencies involved, his death could not be predicted.' It looks at the relationship of health staff, police, education and children's services in Cardiff with the family. It found:

  • In 2003, reports of concern about domestic violence were made to the Women’s Safety Unit but they were not reported to the police or children’s services
  • In 2007, when further reports of domestic violence were made there were delays in making referrals to Children's Services

There were no further reports of domestic violence or any referrals to Children's Services at the time of his death.

  • The possibility that Yaseen might be at risk of significant harm within the family was not realised or understood
  • There were occasions when teachers became concerned about his health and told his mother he should be taken to the doctor, but these were not referred under child protection procedures
  • There was insufficient knowledge and understanding about the specific cultural traditions of the family and how these might have influenced the experiences of the individual members of the family and their engagement with services

The review has made a number of recommendations that have been accepted by Cardiff’s Local Safeguarding Children Board.

Mother set fire to son's body to disguise murder

Sara Ege was jailed for life and will serve a minimum of 17 years Credit: Wales News Service

During her trial, the court heard Ege beat seven-year-old Yaseen to death with a stick and then burned his body in an attempt to destroy the evidence.

Yaseen was originally thought to have died in a tragic accident in the house fire.

The prosecution said Ege made no attempt to 'seek medical treatment he so obviously needed.'

Ege confessed to the killing after her arrest, saying she 'lost control,' but later retracted her confession blaming her husband, Yousef Ali Ege for Yaseen's death.

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Sara Ege jailed for 17 years

A Cardiff mother convicted of murdering her seven-year-old son has been given a a 17-year jail sentence. Sara Ege beat her son Yaseen because he did not learn passages of the Koran.

She was given a four-year concurrent sentence for perverting the course of justice. She collapsed in the dock at Cardiff Crown Court as she was being taken away.

The judge said that Yaseen suffered 'prolonged cruelty which culminated, on the day of his death, with what can only be described as a ferocious beating.'

Yaseen's father, Yousef Ali Ege, was found not guilty of causing or allowing the death of his son by failing to act

Sara Ege to be sentenced over son's murder

Sara Ege murdered her son in July 2010 Credit: Wales News Service

A mother who beat her son before setting his body on fire is due to be sentenced for his murder later today.

33-year-old Sara Ege killed Yaseen Ali Ege, 7, at the family home in Pontcanna, Cardiff in July 2010.

The beatings had been carried out because her son had not memorised passages of the Koran.

Sara Ege: "I blame my anger, I just lost control"

"I blame my anger, I just lost control" that was the confession of a mother found guilty of murdering her 7 year-old son and perverting the course of justice.

Thirty two year-old Sara Ege later retracted this confession but today she was found guilty by a jury at Cardiff Crown Court.

The court had heard how Yaseen Ali Ege had been beaten to death and his body set on fire.

The beatings had been carried out because her son had not memorised passages of the Koran.

The court heard Sara Ege became 'increasingly angry' at the youngster when he did not learn the text.

She will be sentenced in the new year.

CPS offer thanks to family

Following the verdict in the trial of Sara Ege, found guilty of murdering her seven year old son, the Crown Prosecution Service Wales has issued the following statement:

The deeply tragic nature of this case has been all too apparent to anyone that has followed this trial.

This is the second time that the events leading to Yaseen’s death have been put before a court.

The criminal trial process can be difficult for all those involved – in particular those close to Yaseen.

I would therefore like to record our thanks to all those who supported the prosecution of this case.

Finally, we should not forget that at the heart of the case is the loss of a bright and friendly young boy who had his whole life ahead of him.

– Deborah Rogers, District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service, Wales
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