Media sources in the UK are reporting on the outcome of a case in which a mother murdered her young son, apparently over the Koran.
Sky News carried details of the outcome of the trial of the mother as its breaking news, around lunchtime today.
Thirty three-year-old Sara Ege was in Cardiff Crown Court to hear the verdict on her crime. Convicted of the murder of her seven-year-old son, Yaseen, in court in December the jury had also been told during the trial that she was a "brilliant mother", reported SkyNews.
Ege's husband stood trial with her for the murder, at the family home in Pontcanna, Cardiff, South Wales, but he was cleared off the charges against him. Mrs Ege had attempted to lay the blame for her son's death with her husband. She claimed that he had regularly beaten her and her son, but he denied the charges. In the end the jury believed him. Mr Ege was acquitted of failing to protect his son, reported the BBC early in December.
Sara had confessed to the murder, within a short space of time. Her videoed confession was played during her trial. Later, however, she attempted to retract the confession, claiming that she had made it fearing her husband would attack her.
Yaseen died in July 2010, after a series of abuse led up to one terrible incident. Ege was also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice. A fire was started at the home, in an attempt to make it look like the boy had died during the blaze. According to the BBC report, Sara set fire to her son. Investigators soon discovered the truth. He had received beatings over a three-month period of time. His dead body, in spite of the fire, showed signs of historic abuse. Ege, the court heard, treat him like a "dog", beating him with a stick, if he failed to memorise religious text from the Koran.
Mr and Mrs Ege had hopes that their son would become a "Hafiz - an Islamic term for someone who memorises the Koran".
In her video confession Ege claimed-On the day that he was killed Yaseen collapsed following a beating. His mother left him where he had fallen, claiming that she believed he was asleep. The boy was still mumbling words from the Koran as consciousness left him. Ten minutes later when she returned he was dead and she decided to burn his body. Using a lighter and a bottle of barbecue gel Yaseen was set on fire.
In court today Mrs Ege was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in jail. She was visibly taken aback and needed help to leave the dock. As she was led away she was sobbing and shaking.
In sentencing Justice Williams told her,
"The violence that you perpetrated on your son was not confined to one day. I am satisfied that, over three months, you beat him on a number of occasions, often with a wooden pestle. His injuries must have caused him a good deal of pain. In my judgment Yaseen was subjected to prolonged cruelty."