Muslim woman in UK awarded life imprisonment for murdering son over failing to learn Koran passages
A Muslim woman in the UK is facing life sentence after she was found guilty of murdering her young son when he struggled to learn passages from the Koran.
Sara Ege, 32, beat her seven-year-old son Yaseen to death when he couldn't recite passages from the Islamic holy book, and then tried to burn the body to destroy the evidence.
Fun-loving Yaseen was originally thought to have died in a tragic accident in the house fire. But a post mortem examination showed Ege had been beating and abusing her little boy in the months leading up to his murder, the Daily Mail reports.
"When the smoke had cleared it emerged that Yaseen was dead before the fire had started. He had suffered significant abdominal injuries that were the cause of his death. There were multiple injuries including fractures which were non-accidental," a judge presiding the case said.
According to the paper, Ege and her taxi driver husband Yousef, 38, had enrolled Yaseen in advanced classes at their local mosque, and wanted him to become Hafiz - an Islamic term for someone who memorises the Koran.
Ege told the court: "Memorising the whole of Koran is a great reward for the whole family. It brings honour and increases the standing of the whole family in the local community."
Pathologists found multiple injuries on Yaseen's body including broken ribs, a fractured arm and a fractured finger, while barbecue lighter fuel was found on Ege's clothing when she was arrested after the post mortem examination, the paper said.
She now faces a term of life imprisonment.