'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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Court hears mother was called to school over concerns she was harming her child

A court has heard that a mother accused of beating her son to death was called to see the head teacher at his school over concerns she was harming him at home.

Sara Ege, 32, is accused of beating son Yaseen because he failed to learn sections of the Koran by heart.

The jury heard from a teaching assistant who knew Yaseen at the school he attended in 2007. She described overseeing a morning writing lesson with a group of four children, including Yaseen, some time during the year.

Ms Walker claimed she examined his arm and hand but was unable to see any injury.

Yaseen was a really bright little boy. He liked anything to do with drawing and making things...

[She said that she noticed he was using his left hand instead of his right one].

I asked him why he was doing that and he said "his hand is hurting him". He said that his mum had hit him with a ruler.

– Nicola Walker, Teaching assistant

Sara Ege denies a charge of murder and a charge of perverting the course of justice.

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