Sheffield murder accused called his son a ‘one eyed Satan’

The Oval, Firth Park
The Oval, Firth Park
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A ‘morbidly jealous’ husband with an ‘unshakable belief’ his four wives were being unfaithful to him was suffering from a psychotic illness at time he killed his wife, a court heard.

Thahi Manaa, aged 37, was so paranoid he was being cheated on, he called one of his sons ‘a one eyed Satan’ because he was convinced the child was not his.

Manaa denies murdering second wife Sara Al Shourefi, 28, at their home in The Oval, Firth Park, but admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Dr Rameesh Puri, a forensic psychiatrist at Doncaster Prison and Rampton high security hospital assessed Manaa following the killing last March.

He told Sheffield Crown Court Manaa had all the symptoms of schizophrenia at the time of the attack, which left his wife with 270 injuries.

She was found with a screwdriver sticking out of her eye socket and her body had been hidden in a cupboard.

The psychiatrist said Manaa’s jealousy was affecting his ability to function and his behaviour was typical of someone who had ‘lost contact with reality’.

He added morbid jealousy was ‘associated with a high level of violence towards the partner’.

He said Manaa was put on suicide watch at Doncaster Prison and was ‘very agitated and paranoid’.

At one consultation Manaa kept scratching his scalp and told him something was crawling around in his head.

Dr Puri told the jury that each of Manaa’s four marriages was ‘characterised by morbid jealousy’.

He said Manaa divorced his first wife because of delusions she was having an affair with his brother which were ‘all in his head’.

He divorced his third wife Nadia over the telephone because he thought she was unfaithful.

Dr Puri said Sara was so desperate to prove she wasn’t having an affair she offered to go to Mecca with Manaa to plead her innocence.

But Manaa said he wanted to go on his own first in case she had called ahead to have him arrested.

Dr Puri said on the balance of probability he believed that Manaa’s illness provided an explanation for his conduct.

The trial continues.