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Yaseen Ali Ege murder trial: Mother Sara Ege faints in dock

Posted in islam UK, Murders, Wales with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2012 by britishloyalist

A mother fainted in the dock when questioned about allegedly murdering her seven-year-old son and setting his body on fire to hide her crime.

Sara Ege, 32, of Pontcanna, Cardiff, who denies murder, passed out at Cardiff Crown Court when asked about beating her son Yaseen in July 2010.

She has previously told the jury her husband Yousuf, 38, killed their son.

She denies murder. Yousuf Ege denies causing his son’s death by failing to protect him. The case continues.

The court was cleared for half an hour while Mrs Ege was revived by doctors.

After recovering she said: “My husband is the killer. I did nothing wrong, I never hurt my son.

“Yousef was hitting me and Yaseen came in the middle and was saying: “Don’t hit mummy – don’t hit mummy.”

The court heard how Yaseen died of his injuries later the same day.

Police confession
Mrs Ege claimed that after Yaseen’s death, Yousef Ege left the house and his brother Nasser came to dispose of the body.

As her brother-in-law set light to her son’s body, she screamed and tried to stop him being burned, the court heard.

“Nasser then left and I dragged Yaseen from the fire and ran downstairs to call 999,” she said.

Mrs Ege claimed she was forced to confess to murder after a beating and threats from her brother-in-law.

The court heard Mrs Ege, originally from India, had an arranged marriage originally conceived and carried out over five days.

As a maths graduate she claims she expected a well educated and successful husband but found he was a postman and part-time taxi driver.

The court has previously heard that Yaseen was originally thought to have died in an accidental house fire.

However a post mortem examination showed he was dead before the fire started.

‘Fearful’
The jury has previously been told Mrs Ege was arrested by police and told them she had beat him to death and burned his body because the devil told her to do it.

But Mrs Ege told the court: “I was too scared of Yousef to tell the truth so I went along with his version of events.

“I was fearful for my life – they told me they would kill me if I didn’t do what they said, I didn’t have any choice.

“Yaseen was my little boy and I loved him to bits I would never have done anything to hurt him.”

Mrs Ege was cross examined by Peter Birkitt, representing her husband, who said: “You never meant to kill Yaseen, but when you found that you had you panicked.

“You didn’t know what to do and that’s why you burnt the evidence of what you had been doing.”

The case continues.

Murdered Yasseen Ali’s father told detectives he had no knowledge of his son’s injuries

Posted in islam UK, Murders, Wales with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2012 by britishloyalist

The father of a murdered seven-year-old boy repeatedly told detectives in interviews that news of his son’s injuries came as a devastating shock to him.

Postal worker Yousef Ali Ege, 36, was emotional and struggled for words in the video interviews played to a jury at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday.

He told officers he had struggled to believe the details of the fractures to his son’s wrist, ribs, finger, skull and collar bone that prosecutors allege were caused by his wife Sara Ege, who denies murder, on the day young Yaseen Ali died.

“I can’t understand… I don’t know what to say… what can I say,” he said
“A doctor told me my son just passed away from the smoke without suffering any pain. Now it’s like my son suffered.

“He suffered and I didn’t know about it. I don’t know how any of those injuries appeared on him.

“I cannot believe Yaseen could have suffered like this.”
Prosecutors allege Ege must have known about the injuries caused before the fire at the family’s Cardiff home in July 2010 after which his son’s charred body was found.

Injuries found on the little boy’s body included earlier fractures which had healed and the severe abdominal damage which had split his bowel and killed him.

Asked over and over again, if he had caused them or if he knew who had, Ali repeated that he had known nothing until the findings of the post-mortem examination were revealed in disclosures read to him by his solicitor Matthew De Maid.

With Mr De Maid sitting beside him in the interview room the husband who also works as a taxi driver in the city repeatedly denied hitting Yaseen himself.

“No… No… I never hit Yaseen,” he said.

“He never complained about any pain. I was with him in the car every day taking him to school and other places he had to go.

“It is just shocking to me. I thought until now that my son passed because of the fire.

“My wife never told me about any injuries, the school never told me of any concerns, nobody picked it up. We all thought Yaseen was fit and well.

“If I had thought he was injured I would have spoken to Sara and we would have taken him to the doctor.”

Yousef Ege said the last time he saw his son, he had been standing in the hallway as he left the house some four hours before the 999 call was made by his wife to the fire service.

“He looked fine,” he said.

“He didn’t look as if he had any problems – he was just standing in the passage.”

A telephone call brought him back home as the emergency services were outside.

He said: “My wife was in the street wearing an oxygen mask. I was told Yaseen had already gone to the hospital. We went in another ambulance.”

His words were read and played on video recordings to a jury at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday, where Sara Ege, 31, the wife he married after an arranged meeting at her home in India denies murdering their child and perverting the course of justice by trying to burn his body.

Ege sits in the dock, some feet away from her, accused of failing to protect the little boy – a charge he denies.

Yaseen, whose teachers have said they noticed he was sometimes in pain and advised his mum he should see a doctor, died from what prosecutors say must have been more than one impact to his lower body.

The injuries caused were said by a pathologist to have set up a chain reaction which resulted in organ failure.

His charred body was recovered by firefighters who fought in vain to revive him on the front forecourt of the Ege’s home in Severn Road, Canton which has been described by prosecutor Ian Murphy QC as a ‘well appointed property’.

It was later discovered he had not inhaled any smoke but had been dead before the blaze started in his bedroom.

Sara Ege, a graduate in maths and statistics, who was a full time mum recovering from cancer and volunteer school helper, first told police she had been hitting Yaseen with a stick for some time.

She said she did not know why because he was such a good boy – and said she had burned his body to protect herself.

But she later withdrew that statement, instead blaming her husband for the injuries, saying he had threatened her.

She also said voices told her to start the fire she ignited with barbecue gel from their kitchen cupboard but then said someone else had done it.

Yousef Ege, one of a family of six from the Arab Emirates who settled in Cardiff when he was aged nine, told police he was present when his son was born prematurely and had a “perfect” relationship with him.

“Yaseen was my boy,” he said.

The day after his questioning, his solicitor handed a prepared statement to police which outlined his movements the day of the fire.

In it, Ege wrote: “I have a good relationship with my wife and my son – there is no violence in our family home.

“Yaseen had just moved to what we thought was a better school but did not go that day because he didn’t have a teddy to take their teddy bears’ picnic.

“He was happy whenever he went to school.

“I would like to add that we would never harm our family – we were so proud – it was everything to us.”

Returning to the catalogue of injuries noted on Yaseen’s body, he went on: “It is very distressing – I have thought about this all night and I can’t find words…

“I find it very difficult to take in – I can’t make sense of it.

“I have lost my son. I don’t know how my wife is… I find myself sitting in a police station trying to put words together.

“I cannot put words together.”

(proceeding)

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

Posted in islam UK, Murders, Wales with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2012 by britishloyalist

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.”

[proceeding]

Murder accused says he acted in self-defence

Posted in Murders, Wales with tags , , , , on May 4, 2012 by britishloyalist

The man accused of the murder of Cardiff disability campaigner, Peter Lewis has appeared at Cardiff Crown Court

The barrister acting on behalf of William Jones, 31, of Gold Street in Adamsdown, said the defendant was involved in a altercation with the 68-year-old, pictured below, at the communal hallway of his home on Claude Street, Roath.

Paul Hewitt, prosecuting, said Jones had claimed in police interview that there was an altercation between the accused and Mr Lewis and that Jones had acted in self defence.
Defence barrister David Aubrey confirmed that there was an “element of self defence” in Jones’ defence.

He said: “The deceased came to the front door when he (Jones) was banging on the door.

“He said the deceased had a knife and he disarmed him.”

It was during this disarming that Mr Lewis was allegedly stabbed. The single stab wound to the stomach caused “predominantly internal bleeding” and resulted in Mr Lewis’ death.

The court heard that no other parties were sought following the incident during the early hours of April 28.

Jones’ defence did not apply for bail and he will appear at Cardiff Crown Court for a case management and plea hearing on June 29.


Peter Lewis pictured with Charlotte Church in 2006

7 held over Somali drug terror racket

Posted in Enemy's of Britain, immigrants, islam UK, Wales with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2012 by britishloyalist

Dawn raids across the UK over cash plot to arm fanatics.
SEVEN terror suspects arrested yesterday are thought to be involved in a plot to finance an al-Qaeda group using drug money.

Cash for the al-Shabaab terrorist network in Somalia is said to come from the export of a plant called khat to the US and Canada.

It is legal in the UK, selling for under £2 a kilo, but banned in North America. It can fetch £350 a kilo on the black market there. It is also believed the suspects were involved in an alleged racket to supply weapons to Somali pirates.

More than 500 counter-terrorism cops backed by local police and officers from the UK Border Agency carried out dawn raids in London, Coventry and Cardiff.

Homeland Security Investigations from the US were also involved in the operation, codenamed Iridescent.

A source said last night: “A line of inquiry is the providing of money to finance terrorism and al-Shabaab in Somalia. Sales of khat are believed to be the source.

“Also being looked at is the sending of weapons to the US for onward shipment to pirates in Somalia.”

A man aged 49 and a woman aged 45 were detained at the same address in Croydon, South London. It was not clear whether they are man and wife. Two men aged 49 and 30 were arrested in the London suburb of Brent.

A man aged 45 and a man aged 42 were picked up in Coventry and another man aged 40 was arrested in Cardiff.

Warrants were granted allowing searches at 12 residential addresses.

The suspects are all thought to have links to Britain’s Somali community.

A police statement said: “The arrests were a part of a pre-planned, intelligence-led operation into suspected fundraising for terrorism overseas.”

Mother who denies murdering son said “devil made her beat him with a stick”

Posted in islam UK, Murders, Wales with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2012 by britishloyalist

A mother who denies murdering her seven-year-old son told police the devil was making her beat the little boy 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.

One of his fingers was left bent because he had tried to defend himself.

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.

The trial continues.