Yaseen Ali Ege murder: Jury sent home after considering verdict

A jury has been sent home and will continue considering its verdicts in the case of Yaseen Ali Ege – a primary schoolboy said to have been repeatedly beaten until he died – on Monday.

The seven-year-old was found when firefighters answered a 999 call to his family home in Severn Road, Cardiff, almost two years ago.

He was thought to be a victim of the blaze but later discovered to have a catalogue of what were described as non-accidental injuries, including fractures.

Sara Ege, 32, denies murdering the son she gave birth to after IVF treatment and has also denied perverting the course of justice. Her husband, Yousuf Ali Ege, 38, has pleaded not guilty to failing to protect their only son.

Summing up the case at the end of a trial which began at the beginning of May, the judge, Mr Justice Royce, told jurors that cases such as this one inevitably gave rise to strong emotions.

But they had to put all feelings aside and approach their task dispassionately, calmly and fairly.

He said in order to convict Sara Ege, they had to be sure she caused the injuries which led to Yaseen’s death on July 12, 2010, failing to get the medical attention he needed to survive and then setting him on fire.
If they find she did kill her son but was suffering from an abnormality of mind at the time, then they should find her guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

To convict her husband, he said, they must be sure he knew or should have known his son could be at risk and failed to take steps.

Maths graduate Sara Ege confessed to killing Yaseen but later blamed her husband for the fatal attack and said he had forced her to take the blame.

Yousuf Ege has told the jury he never hit his child and did not threaten or intimidate his wife.

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