Monday 25 September 2017

'Evil' husband tortured and killed wife left with 270 injuries

Undated handout photo issued by South Yorkshire Police of Thahi Harroba Manaa, who has been found guilty of murdering his wife. Photo: South Yorkshire Police/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by South Yorkshire Police of Thahi Harroba Manaa, who has been found guilty of murdering his wife. Photo: South Yorkshire Police/PA Wire

By Dave Higgens

An "evil" husband who tortured and killed his wife using a range of weapons in an attack that left her with 270 different injuries has been found guilty of murder, police have confirmed.

Thahi Harroba Manaa, 37, killed "gentle and kind" Sara Al Shourefi, 28, at their home in Sheffield using weapons including screwdrivers, metal bars and an electric drill in a sadistic assault lasting more than a hour.

He left one screwdriver embedded in her eye socket, a trial at Sheffield Crown Court has heard.

Today, a jury unanimously found him guilty of murder, South Yorkshire Police said.

Police found Miss Shourefi's body in a cupboard under the stairs after they were called to the house on The Oval, in the Firth Park area, in March last year.

They said she had suffered domestic abuse over a long period of time at the hands of Manaa but had kept silent "believing it was not culturally right to speak to the police or medical professionals against her husband".

Officers today urged all victims of domestic abuse to contact them.

Manaa had admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, claiming mental health issues, but this was rejected by the jury.

The court heard Miss Shourefi had come to the UK with Manaa and their children in 2010.

In a statement, Miss Shourefi's sister said: "Sara was my sister and my best friend and she has been cruelly taken from me by Thahi's selfish and violent actions.

"I just want to know why he did it, if he no longer wanted to be with my beautiful sister, why did he just not leave, instead of brutally attacking and killing her?

"I am still in deep shock about what has happened to Sara. She was such a lovely natured person, gentle and kind, she did everything Thahi asked of her but he treated her so badly, thinking of the suffering she must have gone through at his hands, it breaks my heart.

"I feel angry and very sad that Thahi has deprived me of my sister and four little children of their mother.

"Sara lived for her children, they are what kept her strong and able to suffer the violence Thahi inflicted on her.

"They are now without their mother, confused and upset, which makes me incredibly sad and I worry for them, it is such an injustice for them.

"Our parents are also suffering terribly, they believed Sara had come to the UK for a better life, they are distraught by what Thahi has done to her.

"I miss Sara terribly, I would do anything to have her back. She will not see her children grow up and achieve their dreams, he has taken her life before she had chance to appreciate them and I will never be able to forgive him for what he has done.

"Justice has now been done for Sara and for my family. I think that the British justice system is fair and has come to the right conclusion and because of this great system it has been proved for sure that Thahi is evil and intentionally caused my sister to suffer, something which I knew all along.

"I am pleased that Thahi has not managed to trick anyone, not only will he be punished by God but he will spend a very long time in prison."

Detective Chief Inspector Zaf Ali, who led the investigation, said: "This was a horrific and brutal attack on a woman that has left four young children without their mother and a family completely destroyed.

"My thoughts and condolences are with her sister and extended family at this time, and I hope they have some form of closure with the verdict today.

"Until the tragic day of her death, Sara was kept isolated by Manaa and suffered serious domestic abuse at his hands in silence, believing it was not culturally right to speak to the police or medical professionals against her husband.

"I would like to strongly encourage any man or woman, from any background, culture or religion, to please report any form of domestic abuse, whether mentally or physically, to the police. Domestic abuse is a crime that should not just be accepted as the norm and the victims should not have to suffer in silence."

Manaa will be sentenced at a later date.

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