Anorak | Why did Sara Ege beat ‘always smiling’ son for months before killing him?

Why did Sara Ege beat ‘always smiling’ son for months before killing him?

by | 7th, January 2013

SARA Ege, 33, beat her son, Yaseen, to death in 2010. She then burnt his body. Yaseen was 7. At Cardiff Crown Court, she’s been sentenced to life behind bars. Sara Ege was born in India. She wanted her son to be a hafiz. For that, he needed to learn the Koran off by heart.For three months, Sara Ege beat her son with a wooden pestle at the family home in Pontcanna, Cardiff.

The words of Peter Murphy, defending, are odd:

“It’s very easy to be critical of the amount of things Yaseen was doing, but that was the norm in the ethnic community she was from. You can see this from the number of other children who were doing Arabic and Koran classes. Yaseen grew up with it and he thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Thank god that wasn’t believed. It’s the norm for children to study at church and temple. The word “community” is overused. It implies an innate cohesion, as if there are regular meetings. In making the killer an integral part of an ethnic community, we’re being invited to look at her culture. This was no honour killing, which often have more in common with crimes of passion than a cultural rite. This was filicide. This was the murder of an innocent child.

Murphy added:

“Because of problems she had with her own mental health, and driven by what she wanted for her child, she went over the edge and this tragedy occurred. The effect on her has been absolutely devastating. She was a brilliant and loving mother who did everything for her child. One of the tragedies of this case is that, having fought so hard for this child, she lost him in this way.”

So much for community. Sara Ege is an individual. She told police:

“We had a high target. I wanted him to learn 35 pages in three months. I promised him a new bike if he could do it. But Yaseen wasn’t very good – after a year of practice he had only learned a chapter…I was getting very wild and I hit Yaseen with a stick on his back like a dog. He would be doing his work and wouldn’t complain and I would hit and hit him more and more. He was a good boy, but I used to get angry and he wouldn’t even stop me or say anything to anyone.”

So. The lad was pressurised and beaten for three months by his mother. Who knew?

Yaseen’s Arabic teacher, Amina Shabaan, goes on the record:

“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.”

Always happy.

Ann James, head teacher at Radnor Primary School in Cardiff where Yaseen was a pupil, added:

“He was a delightful little boy and beautifully behaved who always had a smile on his face. It was a pleasure having him in school with us.”

Always smiling.

Cardiff’s local safeguarding children board says Yaseen’s death could

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