A ‘controlling, possessive and jealous’ husband has been found guilty of torturing his wife to death in a horrific attack at their Sheffield home.
Thahi Manaa, aged 37, inflicted more than 270 injuries on his wife Sara Al Shourefi with an assortment of weapons
A unanimous jury at Sheffield Crown Court took two days to find Manaa guilty of murdering his 28-year-old wife.
Her battered body, which was covered in slash and stab wounds, was found stuffed in a cupboard with a screwdriver protruding from her eye socket.
During the brutal 105 minute attack, psychotic Manaa, who was suffering from ‘morbid jealousy’ and schizophrenia played the Koran at full volume in a bid to drown out his wife’s screams.
Manaa pleaded guilty to Mrs Al Shourefi’s manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, claiming his mental illness impaired his actions at the time of the killing.
But the jury rejected his claims and found although he was suffering from a mental illness, he was responsible for his actions.
Police found several blood-stained implements by Ms Al Shourefi’s body, including screwdrivers, an electric drill, two metal bars, a wooden shelf and a knife.
Neighbours overheard the attack taking place at the couple’s home in The Oval, Firth Park, on March 4 last year.
Nicholas Campbell QC, prosecuting, said they heard the Koran being played at full blast, angry shouting coming from the property and the sound of someone being ‘beaten’ and ‘tortured’.
Mr Campbell said: “She had been hit over the head repeatedly with a variety of weapons.”
Mrs Al Shourefi was found with stab and puncture marks to her head and neck and lacerations, bruises and other abrasions.
She had also been kicked and stamped on.
A post mortem examination found Mrs Al Shourefi had died from blood loss, brain injuries and inhaling blood.
Psychiatrist Dr Rameesh Puri said Manaa was suffering from ‘morbid jealousy’ and had lost touch with reality to the extent he believed each of his four wives was being unfaithful to him.
The court heard the couple, who had four children aged eight, six, four and two, were ‘stateless’ refugees who fled Kuwait for the UK in 2010.
Today Mrs Al Shourefi’s sister Narjis Farhoud said she would never forgive Manaa for taking her sister away and leaving their four children without a mother.
She said her sister had moved to the UK for a better life.
“Sarah was my sister and sister and my best friend and she has been cruelly taken from me by Thahi’s selfish and violent actions.
“I am still in deep shock about what has happened to Sara. She was such a lovely natured person, gentle and kind - to think of the suffering she must have gone through at his hands breaks my heart.”
Speaking after the hearing, detective chief inspector Zaf Ali said Sara’s injuries were some of the worst he’d ever seen in his career.
He said: “This was a horrific and brutal attack on a woman that has left four children without their mother and a family completely destroyed.”
Manaa will be sentenced on Monday.
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