Fatal blow would have left seven-year-old Yaseen Ali Ege ‘doubled up in pain’

SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Yaseen Ali Ege would have cried out, then doubled up in pain as he was fatally injured to the abdomen, a murder trial jury heard yesterday. TUE

Child trauma specialist Dr Ian Maconochie told Cardiff Crown Court that the child’s bowel wall had been split, despite the fact it was behind a protective layer of fat and muscle.

He said: “You have really got to hit someone hard to be able to do that.

“There has to be a considerable amount of force to go through that physical barrier.

“The impact on a child of seven is going to painful.

“There would be an immediate physical reaction – you would double up and cry out.”

Prosecutors claim the city primary school pupil, who was rescued from his blazing home by firefighters in July 2010, was murdered in a beating from his mother and then set alight.

University graduate Sara Ege, 31, denies killing him and attempting to pervert the course of justice by starting the fire at their Severn Road, Canton home with BBQ gel squirted around a bedroom and landing.

Her husband, Royal Mail worker and taxi driver Yousef Ali Ege, 36, has denied failing to prevent his son’s death after it was alleged he must have known about his son’s past injuries, including fractures, and did not protect him.

Sara Ege told police following her arrest that she lost her temper previously and hit Yaseen with a stick “like a dog”.

But she later withdrew that statement, blaming her husband.

Dr Maconochie said there were multiple splits in the bowel which he believed must have been caused by more than one blow.

They would have occurred on impact, causing the contents, including bacteria, to escape into the abdomen setting up reactions which would overwhelm the body and lead to clinical shock.

“It could take as little as a few hours,” he told the eight female and four male jurors.

Asked by Ian Murphy QC, for the prosecution, whether it was the type of case he saw for treatment in the London hospital where he is a consultant in paediatric emergency medicine, the doctor replied: “It certainly would be.

“This is something which would need surgical correction or the patient would be likely to die.

“The child is going to be extremely unwell.

“I would think it would be a matter of a day before he was critically ill and death could occur.”

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