The body of a Sheffield mum – murdered by her husband – was so mutilated she could not be buried in accordance with her faith’s traditions.
Sara Al Shourefi died at the hands of her husband Thahi Manaa in a ‘chilling’ and ‘barbaric’ murder at their home in Firth Park.
Yesterday, as he was jailed for life, Sheffield Crown Court heard Sara’s body was so badly injured she could not be fully washed in accordance with her religion of Islam.
Nicholas Campbell QC, prosecuting, said Mrs AL Shourefi’s family, who live in Iraq, could not be present at the washing ceremony, something which had caused them great distress.
Mr Campbell read out extracts of a victim personal statement written by Sara’s sister Narjis Farhoud.
In it, Mrs Farhoud described the pain and grief the loss of her sister had caused her family.
She said her father, who was in poor health, had deteriorated.
Mr Campbell: “Their mother remains in a state of shock not wanting to believe Sara is dead and only leaves the house to visit her daughter’s grave.”
Mr Campbell said the couple’s four children ‘clearly miss their mother’ and regularly ask to be shown photographs of her.
He said: “They are happy when they see them.”
Mr Campbell said the sisters were close and lived near to each other, but in the six weeks before her death, Narjis stopped contacting Sara so she did not incur Manaa’s wrath.
He told the court: “She now feels guilty for not having done more to keep her sister safe.”