Mum who beat son to death for failing to learn Koran gets life
A woman who beat her son to death for failing to learn parts of the Koran by heart and then burned his body to destroy the evidence has been jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 17 years.
Thirty-three-year-old Sara Ege (pictured) collapsed as the sentence was delivered at Cardiff Crown Court in Wales and had to be helped, trembling and sobbing, from the dock.
Ege, dressed in brown with a matching headscarf, sobbed throughout the one-hour hearing.
Mr Justice Wyn Williams accepted that she had suffered prolonged bouts of depression due to a number of factors.
The judge also acknowledged that "in many respects she was a very good mother" but went on to highlight the crucial last three months of Yaseen's (7) life.
"The violence that you perpetrated on your son was not confined to one day," the judge told Ege as he passed sentence.
"His injuries must have caused him a good deal of pain. In my judgment, Yaseen was subjected to prolonged cruelty. There is a further aggravating feature and that is that you attempted to burn Yaseen's body. There can be no doubt that you set fire to his body in an attempt to evade the consequences of what you had done."
Ege was found guilty of the murder of her son at home in Pontcanna, Cardiff, south Wales, by a jury at Cardiff Crown Court last month.
The schoolboy had suffered multiple injuries to his body and died in July 2010 from internal injuries caused by three months of punishing beatings.