A psychotic husband who killed his wife in a ‘ferocious and chilling attack’ at their home in Sheffield has been jailed for life.
Thahi Manaa, aged 37, hung his head but showed no emotion as he was ordered to serve at least 23 years behind bars for the murder of 28-year-old Sara Al Shourefi, the mother of their four children.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Manaa blasted out the Koran to drown out her screams as he inflicted 270 injuries on his wife of 10 years at their home in The Oval, Firth Park.
He used an assortment of weapons – including screwdrivers, metal bars, a drill and a wooden shelf – to inflict the horrific injuries.
Nicholas Campbell QC, prosecuting, read a message to Manaa from Sara’s sister Narjis Farhoud to the court.
She said: “She was an obedient wife who you treated as a slave. Had you no mercy for all the good things she did for you and your children?
“You tortured her from the moment you married her - was this not enough for you? Why did you have to kill her? “You have deprived her of her children before she had a chance to see them grow up. You are cruel and evil - may God punish you.”
Mrs Al Shourefi’s battered body was found stuffed in a cupboard with a screwdriver protruding from her eye socket.
Mr Campbell said the fatal attack was the culmination of years of domestic abuse against Mrs Al Shourefi, who was described as a ‘kind, gentle and caring young woman’.
The jury heard Manaa, who had four wives, was suffering from depression and a ‘significant’ psychotic illness, probably paranoid schizophrenia before, during and after the murder.
He had ‘morbid jealousy’ and believed all of his wives were cheating on him.
Manaa admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but jurors rejected his claims his actions were ‘substantially impaired’ by his illness.
Jailing him, Mrs Justice Laura Cox said Mrs Al Shourefi had been subjected to ‘extreme and sustained violence’ in ‘a ferocious and chilling attack of unimaginable barbarity’.
She told Manaa: “The pain, terror, anguish and desperation she would have suffered as you inflicted these appalling injuries upon her and ended her life is truly horrifying to contemplate.”
After the hearing, Detective Inspector Kevin Brown said the injuries inflicted on Mrs Al Shourefi were some of the worst he had seen in his 30-year career.
He urged anyone suffering from domestic violence to contact the police.
He added: “It is a crime that should not just be accepted as the ‘norm’ and the victims should not have to suffer in silence.”
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