|Thahi Manaa beat his wife Sara Al’Shourefi|
In reality, this is all Islam. The Koran allows a man to have four wives (4:3) and tells men to beat women from whom they “fear disobedience” (4:34). Abused Muslim women don’t go to non-Muslim authorities because they know that if they do, things will get even worse for them.
And notice how he blasted out the Koran to hide her screams. He never heard anything while it was blasting out that made him want to stop torturing his wife, either.
“The Kuwaiti refugee who murdered wife after horrifically torturing her for two hours with screwdrivers and a drill while blasting out Koran to hide her screams is jailed for at least 23 years,” by Ollie Gillman, MailOnline.
Thahi Manaa beat his wife Sara Al’Shourefi, 28, for two hours with metal bars, an electric drill, two screwdrivers and shelf during the ‘ferocious and chilling’ attack.
The bloodstained weapons were found near the mother-of-four’s body, which police found stuffed in cupboard after Manaa had bound the woman’s legs with parcel tape.
One of the screwdrivers was found sticking out of Mrs Al’Shourefi’s eye socket and a section of her scalp had been torn from her head.
The living room attack at their home in Firth Park, Sheffield, in March last year took place while Manaa’s mother and two of the couple’s children – aged two and four – were also inside the locked house.
Manaa, 37, even telephoned a travel agent during the assault to make plans for his getaway.
Jailing him today, Mrs Justice Cox said: ‘It was a ferocious and chilling attack of unimaginable barbarity.’
She said the victim suffered multiple blows while she was already on the floor bleeding and crawling around on her hands and knees.
The judge said: ‘She was alive for most of the assault though she may well have been rendered unconscious in its latter stages.
‘The pain, terror, anguish and desperation she would therefore have suffered as you inflicted these appalling injuries upon her and ended her life, is truly horrifying to contemplate.’
The judge said the sentence would have been longer but it was accepted that Manaa had been suffering from a psychotic illness for a long period of time and it was a ‘significant contributory factor’ in the killing.
She added that he had subjected his wife to ‘repeated acts of violence and abusive and controlling behaviour’ since she joined him in this country. Manaa stared at his feet in the dock as an interpreter repeated the judge’s words to him.
A total of 270 injuries were found on his wife’s body, there were a large number of puncture wounds to her head and neck and clumps of her hair had been torn out.
Her scalp was hanging off her head, she had been kicked and stamped upon and a knife had been used on her neck.
Lead investigator Detective Chief Inspector Zaf Ali said afterwards: ‘This was a horrific and brutal attack on a woman that has left four young children without their mother and family completely destroyed.
Nicholas Campbell QC, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court said: ‘It was a sustained and brutal attack and Sara received sadistic injuries.’
Manaa admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denied the murder. He was found guilty of murder by the jury after a two-and-a-half week trial.
The murderer previously claimed he had no memory of the attack and told a psychiatrist the couple had ongoing rows about a shelf he put up in the living room.
‘His wife wanted it to be moved,’ said Mr Campbell. ‘There was an argument and he hit her with his hands and with the shelf he was trying to reposition.
‘He said he hit Sara on the head and shoulders with the shelf and she became a little tired. He offered to take her to hospital or call 999 but she told him it would not be necessary. He went upstairs but when he came back down she was lying on the floor. There was a screwdriver sticking out of her left eye.’
Manaa told Mrs Al’Shourefi ‘she was not up to his demands’ and was described by another psychiatrist as a ‘depressed individual who is also controlling, possessive and jealous’.
The court heard he took four wives, which is allowed in his culture, and had an ‘unshakeable belief’ that each of his wives were unfaithful to him.
Neighbours heard high-pitched screams and the sound of banging coming from the house on the morning of the murder.
One said: ‘It seemed as if Sara was being tortured. It seemed as if she was in a lot of pain.’
Another witness heard Manaa hitting his wife. ‘She pictured Sara on the floor with the defendant coming in and out of the room shouting and hitting her. As the assault continued the screams became more laboured until everything went silent.’
Manaa later told his nephew Ahmad Jabber: ‘I have killed my wife.’ Mr Jabber told police: ‘His eyes were bulging and he seemed to be like a crazy person as if he was out of his mind.’
Manaa fled to the UK in 2010 and his wife a year later as ‘stateless’ refugees. He was granted leave to remain in the UK until 2016.
The couple, who married in 2004, brought their three young children with them and had a fourth child while in Britain.
‘Her isolation from the family at home is a significant factor in the events which unfolded,’ said Mr Campbell.
When she married, Mrs Al’Shourefi was pretty with long, black hair but by the time of the tragedy became subdued, wore glasses and had limited reading and writing skills.
Her younger sister told how she was not allowed out of the house alone and even had to ask her husband to buy sanitary towels. ‘From being good-natured and happy she lost her joy in life,’ said Mr Campbell.
Her husband swore at her but she was not allowed to raise her voice at him and she was forbidden from attending English classes or going shopping.
Mrs Al’Shourefi confided in her sister that Manaa beat her but she said she ‘had to bear it’ as he continued to dominate her.
He threw ‘everything in front of him’ at her and would hit her for the slightest reason. ‘He punched her regularly and when she tried to protect herself he would grab her hand and control her movements,’ said Mr Campbell. ‘He would pull out chunks of her hair.’
After her death on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 chunks of her hair were found in a bag in the kitchen which the deceased had collected.
‘Narjis believed not a week would go by without her sister being assaulted in one way or another although Sara told her she was hit almost every day,’ Mr Campbell said.
Manaa threatened to kill her if she reported it to the police and she was worried she would lose the children. ‘Sara said she accepted all of this behaviour because she loved him,’ said the prosecutor.
To isolate his wife even more he took her mobile phone at the beginning of 2014 – preventing her from calling Narjis or her family in the Middle East. Narjis from then only had contact her sister through her mother-in-law.
In a statement which Narjis asked to be read in court before Manaa was sentenced she said: ‘Why did you do it? Why did you just not divorce her? You treated her 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.’