Mom kills son over Qur'an, gets 17 years

2013-01-07 19:12

London - A mother, who was convicted of beating her 7-year-old son to death for failing to learn the Qur'an by heart, was jailed in Britain for a minimum of 17 years on Monday.

Sara Ege, a 33-year-old mathematics graduate from India, battered her son Yaseen with a stick in July 2010 when he failed to memorise Islamic texts, and burnt his body to hide the evidence, Cardiff Crown Court in Wales heard during the trial.

Ege collapsed as she was sentenced and was led sobbing from the dock.

"Yaseen was subjected to prolonged cruelty," Judge Wyn Williams told her as he passed sentence.

"I am satisfied that, over three months, you beat him on a number of occasions."

The judge said that until the final three months of Yaseen's life Ege had been "a very good mother" in many respects. He also acknowledged that she had suffered prolonged periods of depression.

Yaseen was initially believed to have been killed in a fire at the family home in Pontcanna, Cardiff, but tests later revealed that he was dead before the blaze began.

A jury found Ege guilty last month of murder and perverting the course of justice.

She had confessed to the murder but later retracted the confession, saying her husband and his family had forced her into it.

Her husband, Yousef Ege, 38, was cleared in December of failing to prevent the death.

The judge said Yaseen had suffered "serious abdominal injuries" on the day he was killed, when Ege had kept the 7-year-old at home to study the Qur'an.

"On that day Yaseen must have failed in some way because I am satisfied that it was that failure which was the trigger for the beating," he said.

"That is what you told the police in the course of your confession in July 2010 and I see no reason to doubt what you then said was true."

He added: "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 had told police that she could not stop herself beating her son and had repeatedly pledged to God before Yaseen's death that she would not do it again, but that her good intentions only lasted a few days.

The court heard that she was sent to a psychiatric unit for several months after her son's death. She claimed several times to have been motivated by voices from the devil.

  • osmaseko - 2013-01-07 19:21

    All in the name if religion. This is one of the reasons I don't believe in religion..period.

      rude.awakning - 2013-01-07 19:37

      i get it, and i got it every time you guys make the same rehearsed statement over and over! Your comment indicates that you need a reason not to believe in religion! Whatever it is, good for you!

      osmaseko - 2013-01-07 20:54

      Mom kills son over Qur'an and you blame depression instead of religion? #smh#

      victor.vanderwalt.3 - 2013-01-07 20:57

      I agree with u, this is a we live in. And all problems are done and dealt with in the name if religeon.

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2013-01-07 19:22

    Cuckoo...she may have done the same even if she was Buddhist from an Amazon tribe

  • mofstok - 2013-01-07 19:31

    Only 17 years? For that?!

      joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-07 19:56

      Minimum. But I get what you're saying. Should be life.

  • MallyGold - 2013-01-07 19:39

    Sara, you and your beliefs are nothing but a murderous treacherous band of disgraceful human beings capable of heinous crimes against humanity.

      rude.awakning - 2013-01-07 19:50

      mallygold, if it was an atheist that killed, raped or commited an indecent act with a minor, would your comment be of a similar sentiment?

      joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-07 19:57

      If the person committed it in the name of atheism? Without a doubt. But she wasn't atheist. She was Islamic and did it because of her beliefs.

      MallyGold - 2013-01-07 19:58

      Yes rude, if any person kills a child because they failed their religious homework, I would respond in exactly the same fashion.

      rude.awakning - 2013-01-07 20:22

      i am just asking. A mother (obviously mentally disturbed) tragiclly kills her child and the whole religion is to blame. How many children have you hear of that had died in a similar way for the same reason?

      tasneem.cader.7 - 2013-01-07 20:57

      IT IS NOT OUR BELIEVE!wot she did was wrong an in no way Islamic! U are just as sick as her, ignorant! Such ugly comments about sumthin u dnt know.1st learn the real true Islam then u talk.she is a person not a religion! It is no way wot Islam required!

      joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-07 21:12

      Tasneem, we're not saying Islam tells women to beat their children; we're saying religion causes people to do stupid things.

      gert_swart - 2013-01-07 21:37

      @tasneem.cader.7: "IT IS NOT OUR BELIEVE!wot she did was wrong an in no way Islamic!" That's what you always say - over and over. Why don't you rather free your mind from this primitive beliefs?

  • sarko.prakash - 2013-01-07 20:24

    There seems something wrong with all the story, it is highly likely that she has invented the story to prove a mental disorder. Believing Muslims don't burn bodies !

  • lameez.subaya - 2013-01-07 20:41

    Tuyez I certainly hope that you are not referring to "this religion" as Islam. Let me reassure you as a practicing Muslim that NO WHERE in the holy Quran does it state that a parent or any other has a right to kill an innocent child for not learning the Quran off by heart. BEfore you slander the religion I suggest you do a bit more reading as you will see that Islam is a loving, respectable religion as I am sure is Christianity, Buddhism, Juedasm, etc. Do not look for reasons to blame the religion when it is clear that this woman did this horrendous act out of her own will and judge,wheather she is sane or not. Psycho I think so! Having said that the Quran and the bible are one and the same, Adam and Adam, Abraham, Ebrahim, Jesus and Isa, David and Dawood are the same prohets referred to in the bible and Quran respectively so are you ten saying both religions are satanic?

  • Faizal - 2013-01-07 20:42

    Cmon people can't u c there was a possibility she was deranged,mad and suffering from depression.I have taught kids and many have completed the memorization of the quraan and this definitely was not the way we did it nor is it the most appropriate way of teaching.we did it with love and tenderness and utmost respect for our students.

      Faizal - 2013-01-07 23:40

      Yes they killed my father,mother in fact my whole family before I was born that's y I decided to become a muslim .an appropriate answer 4 u!hope u get it.

  • paul.samuel1 - 2013-01-07 21:24

    The clearest observation one can make is that few here have lived with religion in their life on a day to day basis. No matter the question before you, the answer will always favour your personal agenda. Atheists may not believe in a god but they believe all their neatly constructed bull they line up as damning fact. Your perfect lives, spectacularly constructed from nothing other than your own might, may one day be tested. See what you're made from then. Secondly, Islam is not evil. Islam does not promote death nor is it a vehicle of Satan. Islam is as beautiful as any religion God has passed onto humanity. I am a Catholic man who, among my many sins, has done what God has asked. I love my neighbour. Black. White. Jew. Muslim. Christian. Atheist. That love means to understand your neighbour because quite simply, ignorance breeds hate.

      raymond.mcnelly - 2013-01-07 22:40

      Clearly you don't know Islam.

      rude.awakning - 2013-01-07 23:21

      paul, you are clearly blessed with wisdom! And i say that as a proud muslim who also respect your right to your believe. My best childhood friend is a catholic and we have the greatest love and respect for each other! Those that claim to know islam best are normally atheist or misinformed others, for in islam even the most learnered are still scholars of islam!

      Mario Matthews - 2013-08-08 20:16

      Praise the Lord !!!

  • gert_swart - 2013-01-07 21:33

    Religion must be banned!!!

      rude.awakning - 2013-01-07 22:55

      not so lang ago, when a russian invasion of south africa was feared and refered to as 'die rooi gevaar' all suid afrikaaners were praying 'vir volk en vaderland'... 'geloftedag' was a particularly religious day together with 'hemelvaartsdag'' and then came 1994 and 'hemelse vader' was powerless against the regime change....and atheism was born in SA. Before that communism (widely associated with atheism) was bad and was banned! Lets start again....''onse vader wat in die hemele is...''

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2013-01-08 15:06

      Faizal. "Swart" is a surname, just like "Black" is a surname in english countries. You are being a douche.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2013-01-07 21:42

    Islam is a Religion with laws and regulations to guide its believers.Islam teaches that the best of you are those who fulfill the rights and are good to your fellow man.It doest mean that if you believe in Islam that you will necesserally abide by its laws.Muslim or not,if you harm another human being unjustly you will be held accountable and dealth with on a day called Judgement Day!

      fort.horseman.7 - 2013-01-07 22:40

      'They see the (Day) indeed as a far-off (event):But We see it (Quite) near. Quran 70:6,7

      fort.horseman.7 - 2013-01-08 01:33

      As is everyones right, you are free to express yourself,but ,Say 'O my Lord!Judge thy in truth!''Our Lord Most Gracious Is the One Whose assistance should be sought against the blasphemies ye utter!' quran21:112

  • iwillemse - 2013-01-07 21:43

    an everyday thing in this relegion. oops

      rude.awakning - 2013-01-07 22:38

      hopefully news24 is not your only source of information. Because i havent heard of this kind of story daily! Blame the woman and even her spouse it would make more sense. Plenty of woman all over the world have killed their kids for different reasons and they are suffering from mental something. But let it be a muslim and and islam is to blame!

      raymond.mcnelly - 2013-01-08 00:34

      Actually rude, it is an almost daily occurance. Just because mainstream media is to afraid to report. You are an'Islamaphobe' if you dare criticise Islam. Did you not read the article where the 16 year old girl was shot in the head because she was teaching girls to be more self suficient etc... Honor killings happen daily in Islamic countries.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2013-01-07 21:54

    With regard to the Quran:Jubbul Hazam(Pit of Sorrow) is the worst place in Hell,that Hell itself asks God for protection from it 100 times a day.When The Prophet pbuh was asked ,who is Jubbul Hazzam reserved for,his reply was for the muslims who learn the Quran for show and pomp.

      raymond.mcnelly - 2013-01-07 22:43

      Yes, how ironic. The worst place in hell is reserved for pompous Muslims, yet paradise waits for those who kill or die for Allah. Nice!

      fort.horseman.7 - 2013-01-07 23:12

      @Raymond mcnelly.I dont preach,i only share information.I think you are creating ironies that are not factual,but mere opinion.If i can remind you that some of a muslims fundemental duties is to honour the rights of their fellow beings.feed the poor and be just to orphans.

      raymond.mcnelly - 2013-01-08 00:22

      What is not factual? You mean to tell me that the Koran does not mandate the killing of Jews,Christians and non believers? That to die- or kill for Allah is not rewarded with Paradise? Then you and I must be reading different versions of the Quaran... But that cannot be right, since there is only one Quaran and it has remained unchanged for the past 1400 years right? So, please, help me out here..

      fort.horseman.7 - 2013-01-08 00:57

      Quran says that if you murder 1 human being,is like killing the whole of mankind.Quran refers to believing Christians and Jews as people of the Book.I as a Muslim believe in Moses pbuh,Jesus pbuh and Muhammad pbuh which makes me a Jew, and a Christian also,so according to your false claim,i would have to kill myself also?

      Faizal - 2013-01-08 05:13

      Raymond.if the mandate was indiscriminate killing why do so many christians accept islam.u r aware of it .you should also accept islam because it just doesn't make sense to take jesus peace be upon him as a god.he was but a man ,he lived and will die and god never dies!

  • wiebrand.herbershausen - 2013-01-07 23:13

    Because I'm a bad tennis player, the problem is with tennis. Just look at the way it made John McEnroe behave. It also created a terrorist that stabbed Monica Seles. Not to mention the things Bob Hewitt allegedly did to children he coached. Tennis has to be stopped!

      rude.awakning - 2013-01-07 23:25

      you sir, have a uniquely rare kind of wisdom and you have my respect!

      fort.horseman.7 - 2013-01-07 23:34

      Pleasant analogy:).Wiebrand ,many muslims memorise the Quran,but unfortunately dont even understand the meaning of the 1st page in it.There is a competitiveness as to who is best in image and not in deed,unfortunately.We are all short of the mark,and we must except it,and persevere.

      raymond.mcnelly - 2013-01-08 00:15

      Nice analogy, but sadly not entirely accurate. A more accurate analogy would be to say: The game of tennis requires you to stab your opponent if you lose, and behave like a jack-a$$ if you score a point. Following these rules are optional but not following these rules makes you a bad tennis player.

      rude.awakning - 2013-01-08 05:32

      raymond, i am glad you commented as you did, because it shows how you and your fellow islamophobic atheists interpret the obvious, to suit your agenda! No one stops you from being an atheist and to exercise your freedom of choice, i have the right and freedom of choice just like you do! No matter what you do or say islam is here to stay! Extremist like you in every camp, is what makes a good thing looks bad!

      rude.awakning - 2013-01-08 06:28

      in that case stick to the topic, that of a mom who killed her son over for not being able to progress at memorising the Qur'an! No sane person would go to that extend! And her actions cannot be justified! It was criminal and cold hearted! But like any extremist they magnify and twist things to suit themselves and their limited understanding!

  • paul.samuel1 - 2013-01-08 07:47

    atheitis...question In weight, how much faith you have God doesn't exist? In litres, how much love do you have for atheism? In meters, how much do you believe in what you say? Silly questions maybe but your questions are derived from a scientific basis. You want quantity or measure or else you dismiss what people believe. You won't find a telephone number in a religious book, nor would you find recipes. You can read them over and over but if you're not looking for faith, you won't find anything to satisfy you. They are tools of faith. Realize that you too are a religious man, perhaps more so than anybody here. You are a disciple of atheism and you pounce on any religious topic to soapbox. You vehemently promote atheism like any other religious zealot would. So no, I cannot provide you with a quantifiable answer, one perfectly balanced equation to satisfy your hunger to drive non belief. I love my God and I believe in you. I have faith that one day everything will be revealed. How much? Well, there's no scale that measures that :P

      rude.awakning - 2013-01-08 08:30

      paul, your words weigh more than a tonne in gold and is worth more than a barrel of crude in these days! I get the feeling that your cup is running over!

  • misstee.langhein - 2013-01-11 11:57

    Let me just state i am on the Atheisist side here in this debate (And beofre i carry on let me just say it is not because im personally against Islamic, or Christian peoples believes, each to their own) But the Atheists make a valid argument saying that she did it for religious reasons (Once again not saying all Islamic, or Christian people are bad people) but the fact is she did do it for her OWN religious Islamic reasons, not because it stated in the Qur'an that she has to kill her son, but because for HER religous reasons she believed she had to kill him because he did not study something she strongly thought he should know off by heart...Its the same as the story wehre the Christian woman believed she had to kill her friend or whatevers dog because he chewed on her doesnt state that you must do it, but some people take their religions too far and then things like this happen. But no matter what the debate is, what she did is still wrong and she should get death for doing that to the poor boy!!!!

  • Deborah Shilenge - 2013-08-08 19:18


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