Tuesday 12 December 2017

Mother cut out child's liver 'to exorcise evil spirits'

Shenai Raif in London

A Muslim woman "sacrificed" her daughter to God to exorcise evil spirits, the Old Bailey heard.

Shayma Ali (36) stabbed the girl up to 40 times and took out her liver while Koranic verses played in the background.

When police arrived at their east London home, the woman was chanting: "I seek refuge in God from the curse of Satan."

The court was told Ali had sunk deeply into mental illness and was convinced the spirits or jinn had entered the bodies of members of her family.

The four-year-old had remained at home in December last year because she had been ill.

After her arrest, Ali told her husband: "A voice told me, 'If you love Allah you should sacrifice your daughter."'

She told a doctor she strangled the child and when she was unconscious, carried her on to the kitchen table, where she used the knife to ensure the spirits were exorcised.

Duncan Atkinson, prosecuting, said Ali became aware about God calling to Abraham to sacrifice his son and became convinced God wanted her to sacrifice her child.

Ali pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

She was sent to a mental hospital without limit of time after doctors said she was suffering from psychosis.

Peter Wilcock, defending, said: "It is hard to imagine a more tragic and distressing case. She became mentally ill and didn't seek treatment."

Judge Anthony Morris told Ali: "One of the horrifying aspects of this case is how quickly you lost control of yourself."

Irish Independent

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