Sara Ege: Life Jail for Son’s Murder over Koran Studies

BBC News, January 7, 2013

A mother who beat her seven-year-old son to death when he failed to memorise passages from the Koran has been jailed for life, for a minimum of 17 years.

The judge told Sara Ege, 33, she subjected Yaseen Ege to prolonged cruelty and a ferocious beating at home in Pontcanna, Cardiff, in July 2010.


Sara Ege

She also set fire to his body, and was convicted after a five-week trial.

Ege collapsed as the sentence was read out at Cardiff Crown Court and had to be helped from the dock.

She was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice and given a four-year sentence for that crime.

Her husband Yousuf Ege, a taxi driver, was cleared of allowing the death of a child by failing to protect him.

Sara Ege had pleaded not guilty to murder and claimed her husband was responsible for Yaseen’s death.

‘Prolonged cruelty’

Mr Justice Wyn Williams said: “I am satisfied that it was his failure to learn the Koran that day that resulted in the beating that caused his death.”

He continued: “On the day of Yaseen’s death you had kept him home from school so he could devote himself to his study of the Koran.

“He was memorising passages but on that day Yaseen must have failed in some way and it was that which was a trigger for the beating.

“You killed your own son. At the time of the killing he was particularly vulnerable because of his age and because of his relative physical frailty.

“In killing your son you abused a precious relationship of trust which does and should exist between a parent and a child.”


The judge said she had beaten him for three months leading up to his death, adding: “The cause of the beating was your unreasonable view that he wasn’t learning passages quickly enough.

“The violence Yaseen suffered was not confined to the day of his death.

“For three months you beat him often with a wooden pestle and I’m confident these beatings left him in a significant amount of pain.

“This prolonged cruelty culminated on the day of his death in what was a savage attack. You then set fire to his body in an attempt to evade responsibility for what you had done.

“I accept you were a devoted and caring mum. Except for the obsession with Yaseen learning you did many fine things to bring him up as a young boy.”

‘Beautiful nature’

After the sentencing, Yaseen’s father, Yousuf Ege, paid tribute to his son.

“My memories of my son are that he was a beautiful little boy, a very happy boy who was decent and polite,” he said.

“It is hard for me now to describe my loving feelings for my son.

“He was loved by all who had known him due to his beautiful nature and his high academic level.


An Arabic teacher said: “He was one of the best children ever. Yaseen was a boy who loved to learn, he was always happy, he was a very good boy, very intelligent and very polite.”



It was initially thought Yaseen had died in a fire, but tests later revealed he had died hours earlier.

In a complicated series of claims and counter-claims she had confessed to the murder and then retracted that confession.

She claimed her husband and his family forced her to make the confession and that he was the killer.

The harrowing confession was recorded by police and shown to the trial jury in evidence.

In it, Sara Ege described how Yaseen collapsed after she had beaten him while still murmuring extracts of the Koran.

“He was breathing as if he was asleep when I left him,” she said. “He was still murmuring the same thing over and over again. I thought that he was just tired.”

When she returned 10 minutes later she said she found her son shaking and shivering on the floor. He then died.

She then used barbecue gel to burn her son’s body in an attempt to hide the evidence.

The mother also confessed to beating her son for no reason and that her anger often led to her being out of control.

She and her husband had enrolled Yaseen in advanced classes at their local mosque as they wanted him to become Hafiz—an Islamic term for someone who memorises the Koran.

As a child Sara Ege had taken part in competitions showing her knowledge of Islam and had recited from the Koran. The court heard that she had become increasingly frustrated with her son’s inability to learn the passages.

She told officers: “I was getting all this bad stuff in my head, like I couldn’t concentrate, I was getting angry too much, I would shout at Yaseen all the time.

“I was getting very wild and I hit Yaseen with a stick on his back like a dog.”

She later retracted her statement.


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  • Tim

    My mother got much better results and no convictions by taking us to Sunday Brunch after church…

  • SintiriNikos

    Savage. They should beat and hang her but Britain is civilised I guess.

    And what’s up with the stupid judge’s last comment about how she was a devoted mother and did other very good things to raise the kid. Who cares? Her final act on the child negates everything else.

    Take-away by liberals from this story: proof that home-schooling and stay-at-home wives are a bad thing.

    • Sloppo

      I know several people who home-school their children and very few of them administer fatal beatings as a part of their discipline program. I believe that sort of thing may be more common in a more formal academic setting.

      • shattered

        But the “liberals” will try to leverage it to increase funding for the failed public education system. They live off the government.

  • HamletsGhost

    “kept him home from school so he could devote himself to his study of the Koran.”

    Helps explain why Islamic societies are so backward. They’re so busy learning the one true faith that they don’t have time to learn anything useful.

    • Yorkshireman.

      And, of course, this ‘learning’ is totally useless as it is classical Arabic by rote. Good enough for Islamic countries but certainly NOT for UK or anywhere else in a civilized Western setting. Even in Pakistan, where Urdu is the National language, children are beaten into submission until they learn the entire Koran in Arabic although they have no idea what they are chanting. That’s progress for you!!

  • This is so sick. A kid had to die because he could not memorize the Koran fast enough to please his mother. We can only hope that she rots in prison.

    • shattered

      Well… no because that costs innocent people $50k a year in taxes.

      • Unfortunately, there is no capital punishment in the UK anymore. Too bad, I would have loved to see this one hung.

  • tarczan

    “The violence Yaseen suffered was not confined to the day of his death.

    “For three months you beat him often with a wooden pestle and I’m confident these beatings left him in a significant amount of pain.”
    But had Yaseen survived he would have been a model Muslim.

    • OlderWoman

      He would have passed on the abuse.

  • David Brims

    I really hate when the media says he/she is ”British, French or German”, then you look at the photo / mugshot and they’re not, they’re African or muslim. The press is being disingenuous.

    • Anglokraut

      Those Welsh are a troublesome lot.

      • David Brims

        About a year ago I read a news story that a ‘German’ doctor accidentally killed a English patient, gave him medicine which was 100 times more than the recommended dosage.

        I did a little research and I found out he was a NIGERIAN with a German passport.

    • HadEnough

      From Cardiff, eh? Yep, she looks pretty Welsh to me.

  • queequeg

    The eyes speak volumes.

  • JohnEngelman

    Would this be considered a crime in Moslem countries?

    • Ron Cheaters

      They’re a highly religeous people.

      • OlderWoman

        It isn’t a religion…it’s an ideology.

    • OlderWoman

      They would probably agree with the judge. “I accept you were a devoted and caring mum.’ Or they might stone her for killing a male child.

      • Or behead her in Saudi Arabia.

        • Yorkshireman.

          Not for killing her baby for not learning the Koran,

    • rightrightright

      As it was a boy rather than the usual slaughtered daughter, maybe it would. But they wouldn’t have had the forensic skills to establish that the poor brat didn’t die in a fire.

    • anonymous_amren

      No. It’s legal to kill your own children under Islamic law.

  • JohnEngelman

    I have read the Koran in three English translations. Most of it is fairly forgettable. What I most remember are the parts that command violence against non believers, and the parts that warn those who disagree that Muhammad is God’s greatest prophet will go to Hell.

    The knowledge of the Bible revealed in the Koran resembles the knowledge of a man who has never read the Bible, but who remembers Bible stories from Sunday school.

    I have also read the Bible. Although Muhammad claimed to be God’s greatest prophet he did not name any of the Old Testament writing prophets. He does not mention St. Paul either. This is because the theology of the Old Testament prophets and that of St. Paul cannot be explained in stories that children can understand.

    • OlderWoman

      Muslims do not worship the same God that Christians do. Their prophet ‘Jesus’ is our anti-Christ. My discussions with two Muslims led me to this conclusion.

      • anonymous_amren

        No, your superstitious idiocy led you to that conclusion. There’s no such thing as God or the antichrist. Christians and Muslims worship the same fictional character.

  • shattered

    The religion of tolerance never fails to amaze.

    • JohnEngelman

      You mean “the religion of peace,” don’t you? I think George W. Bush coined that term.

      • shattered

        No. I meant what I said. Stop putting your words in my mouth. I said “the religion of tolerance” and CPS (the Centre for Peace and Spirituality) coined that term. I was using it sardonically, of course.

  • OlderWoman

    “I accept you were a devoted and caring mum.”
    If this is what British judges believe, they deserve this diversity.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Hanged from lamp-posts.

  • mobilebay

    When will someone in authority speak out and brand these people as savages? They are not fit to live among civilized people.

  • MekongDelta69

    C’mon – these are just the ‘Religion of Pieces’ family values.

    Youz gotta loin ‘tolerance’ ovah heah.

    (Btw, only in Merry ‘Ol England does ‘life’ mean 17 years – or whenever the hell we feel like letting you out, b/c we wouldn’t want to persecute a member of one of our ‘noble protected groups.’)

    • Tim

      Maybe the judge knows the famous cartoon “How Whites took over America”? And he though for himself: “Good shot lord Nelson – one Nazi down!”. Thus he made the sentence so light…

      • Tim

        Hmmm I thought I was the only guy who used Tim on here. Did you troll my account or?!?! You new to the scene?

  • Owen

    I weep for my native Wales.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      As do I. One of my family names is Glyddrydd.

  • Zora_Nitshe

    I wonder why do we need Muslims in this country. Americans should hold a referendum and decide collective if Muslims should be admitted to this country or not. In my opinion, it would be much better if Muslims remained in their own countries while Christians remained in their countries. US was a Christian country, traditionally. There is no need to allow Muslims to come here and live here.

    • Anglokraut

      The U.S. voter has shown itself to be incapable of making an informed decision. Now if you restricted the suffrage on this issue to people legally-born prior to 1/1/1980, then you might have a chance.

  • IKantunderstand

    Crap, just our luck that they didn’t immigrate here to the U.S. We so often miss out on the “hardworking/beating your child to death” immigrants, that every single White country is vying to have move into their countries! Well, all I can say,: Try harder, U.S.!

  • odious liberal

    I would make her memorize ‘war and peace” with a cattle prod.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I would be willing to do this with my claymore.

  • bigone4u

    With his son dead and his wife in prison, the Muslim cabdriver husband can now party, party, party with the white ladies of Wales and sire another son.

  • Token Finn

    The sad story comes with a lesson; when islam comes to you, you need to think fast.

  • archer

    If he was being beaten for 3 months the father had to know, they’re both guilty.

    • Yorkshireman.

      No Muslim man is ever guilty of anything, that’s the Islamic way.

  • MartelC

    How can the left continue to see this and continue to ignore it? I can only guess their hatred of their own cultures and people and the desire to see them destroyed, supersedes anything else.

  • rightrightright

    It is standard for Muslim kids to be beaten as they learn. Maybe this wicked woman was similarly brutalised – she memorised the Koran, perhaps with a little help from a stick. No excuse, though.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    Instead of demanding Yaseen memorize the Koran, perhaps the couple should have settled for teaching him to rape young white girls. This IS Britain we’re talking about, after all.

    Buy British Last.