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Mother who murdered son was given a fair trial

Seven year-old Yaseen Ege died at a house in Cardiff 2010. Credit: Family Photo

A Cardiff mother who thrashed her seven-year-old son to death after he failed to memorise parts of the Koran can have no complaint about her convictions, top judges have ruled.

Sara Ege, 34, burned the body of Yaseen to cover up the fatal beating she subjected him to in July, 2010. Ege was handed a life sentence - with a minimum of 17 years to serve - in January, last year, after she was found guilty of murder and perverting the course of justice at Cardiff Crown Court.

Today, three of the country's most senior judges at London's Appeal Court rejected Ege's challenge to the jury's verdicts, saying there were no "arguable grounds" to suggest the convictions were "unsafe".

Sara Ege was given a life sentence for the murder of her son. Credit: Wales News Service

Applying to appeal, Ege's barrister argued she did not receive a fair trial because the judge erred in refusing to allow an expert report on the family pressure which can be placed on some Asian women to be placed before jurors.

But the judges said there was nothing "objectionable" in the trial judge's decision and her application to appeal was refused.

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.