Mother who denies murdering son said “devil made her beat him with a stick”
Sara Ege said in interviews after Yaseen Ali was found in a fire at the family home in Severn Road, Canton, Cardiff: “It’s the devil telling me to do all these bad things which I don’t want to do.
“I can’t say when I used to hit him…. I can’t remember when…. I must have lost control.”
Her words were told to a jury at Cardiff Crown Court today by prosecutor Ian Murphy QC
Mr Murphy said she reported hitting the child if he didn’t eat food she had prepared and spoke of one ‘brutal’ beating just before Easter 2010 after which he could not sit down and she kept him home from school for a few days because of it.
Jurors have heard that the 31-year-old mother later changed her account of what happened before firefighters raced to her house on July 12, 2010 to discover Yaseen dead.
She accused her husband Yousef Ali Ege of hitting the little boy and causing his fatal abdominal injuries.
Yousef Ege, 36, a taxi driver and postal worker denies a charge of failing to prevent his son’s death and his wife, a graduate in maths and statistics, has pleaded not guilty to murder and to trying to pervert the course of justice.
Today the court viewed part of video interview Yousef Ege had given to police following the fire, in which he says he had only just learned, from his solicitor, of injuries found on his son’s body.
He tells them: “I am just shocked, I thought it was just a fire and Yousef had passed away. I was told he inhaled smoke and just passed.
“I asked ‘did he suffer a bad death’ and the doctor said no, he inhaled it and passed away.
“He never showed any sign of pain. Daily I drive him to school. I just can’t understand.
“I have no words to describe how he suffered so much without showing any sign of pain with what he’s gone through.
I cannot understand what happened or why it happened.”.
Prosecutors claim he must have been aware of his child suffering injuries.