Senior detective describes Sheffield murder as ‘horrific and brutal’

DCI Zaf Ali
DCI Zaf Ali
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One of Sheffield’s most senior detectives has described a murder in the city as ‘horrific and brutal’.

Detective Chief Inspector Zaf Ali spoke out after Thahi Harroba Manaa was found guilty of murdering his wife Sara Al Shourefi, who was found with 270 injuries.

He said Manaa’s victim had suffered from domestic abuse.

Speaking at Sheffield Crown Court he said: “This was a horrific and brutal attack on a woman that has left four young children without their mother and a family completely destroyed.

“My thoughts and condolences are with Sara’s sister and extended family at this time and I hope they have some form of closure with the verdict today.

“Until the tragic day of her death, Sara was kept isolated by Manaa and suffered serious domestic abuse at his hands in silence, believing it was not culturally right to speak to the police or medical professionals against her husband.

“I would like to strongly encourage any man or woman, from any background, culture or religion, to please report any form of domestic abuse, whether mental or physical, to the police.

“Domestic abuse 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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