'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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Sara Ege found guilty of murder

The jury in the trial of Sara Ege has found her guilty of the murder of her 7 year old son, Yaseen.

The court heard how the thirty two year-old beat 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.

Her husband, Yusef , who was standing trial, accused of causing or allowing the death of his son by failing to act has been found not guilty.

Sara Ege will return to court for sentencing in the new year.


Sara Ege says she was frightened into confessing

Yesterday Sara Ege told the court that she'd been frightened into confessing to killing her son in police interviews played to the jury. She said she'd been regularly beaten by her husband who had also beaten Yaseen.

None of what I said was true. I lied to the police because I was threatened by Yousef. They said if I didn't take the blame they would kill me and my family.

– Sara Ege giving evidence in court

Murder jury hears about the day 7 year-old Yaseen Ali Ege died

Sara Ege wept in court as she described the day her son died. She said that her husband Yousef was responsible for what happened.

Me and Yousef were arguing in the playroom and he punched me and kicked me to my stomach on the floor. I was screaming and Yaseen came into the playroom and he tried to help me by saying: "Don't hurt mummy". Yaseen was beaten as he tried to help me and he was kicked twice.

– Sara Ege giving evidence in court

The jury was asked to leave the court room as Ege cried uncontrollably into her hands. She denies murder and her husband, Yousef Ege, denies causing or allowing the death of a child.


'I wasn't happy' says mother accused of murder

Sara Ege explained how her family went to the Marriage Bureau and within a week she had met the Ege family. Five days later they were married. Peter Murphy QC asked her when was the first time she had met her husband. She replied 'after the marriage' and said they did not speak during the ceremony.

She said she had been told that he was a manager with a Masters degree but afterwards found out 'none of it was true'. She was asked if it was happy marriage - she replied 'I wasn't particularly happy.' She denies the charges against her.

Court hears from mother accused of murder

Cardiff Crown Court has heard from the mother accused of murdering her seven year old son Yaseen and perverting the course of justice by setting fire to his body. Sara Ege said that she had enrolled onto a Masters course at University in June 2000 and was married in August 2000.

Her defence barrister Peter Murphy QC asked her whether it was she or her family who wanted her to get married; 'my family wanted me to get married, particularly my Mum.' she said.

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