Post by Focus on Feb 13, 2013 12:20:28 GMT
A father who killed his eight-year-old daughter after mercilessly torturing her with stun guns and hot irons has been sentenced to death in Dubai, it emerged today.
Wadeema al Sherawi had been deprived of food and locked up as punishment for being 'naughty' on the night she died.
In desperation, she ate her own faeces before vomiting and later dying.
Her father Hamad Saoud al Sherawi, 29, and his mistress Al Anood al Ameri, 27, were found guilty of torturing and imprisoning Wadeema and her seven-year-old sister Mira, who escaped death but suffered severe burns and injuries.
Horrific abuse : Wadeema al Sherawi and her sister Mira were tortured with hot irons and stun guns by their brutal father. Wadeema was forced to eat her own faeces after being locked in a toilet on the night she died
Following a seven-month trial, the Dubai Court of First Instance sentenced to Al Sherawi to death by firing squad and Al Ameri to life imprisonment, it was reported by Gulf News.
The court heard the Emirati couple beat the girls with electrical wires and metal bars, poured boiling water on them and burned them with hot irons and cigarettes.
Wadeema and Mira, who was left with a permanent disability, were often left unfed and sometimes ate their own faeces.
Police corporal Mubarak Ahmed Taleb, 34, told the trial that the studio apartment where the couple lived with the two girls was filthy and 'not fit for humans to live in'.
He told the court it reeked of stale urine: 'It smelled really bad and was dirty. There was only one bed and the furniture was turned upside down. The girls' clothes stank and there was mess everywhere.
'The fridge was full of food which was out of date. No one could live in it.'
Close to death : Mira survived the repeated attacks, but suffered horrific injuries as a result of the torture
He said when his investigation team searched the flat, they found two irons with brown marks on them and said: 'They had used them to burn the girls.'
He added they found some of the implements of torture, including metal bars, sticks and stun guns.
During the trial, Al Ameri clutched the couple's sleeping newborn baby to her chest as they heard the case against them.
The pair were arrested after the girls' uncle visited the flat in International City, Dubai, and was told by Mira of the abuse.
He initially blamed both of them for Wadeema's death but later changed his story, saying Al Sherawi was 'a great father who loved his children'.
Emirati police officer Essam Obaid told the trial: 'When I questioned Al Ameri, she claimed she saw Wadeema vomiting heavily and was very sick that evening so she called Hamad and asked him to come to the flat.
Justice : The girls' father, Hamad Saoud al Sherawi, has been sentenced to death, while his mistress Al Anood al Ameri, has been jailed for life over the abuse at their home in International City, Dubai
'They left her until 5am in the toilet and when they went to check on her, she was dead. She vomited because she ate her own excrement.
'Al Ameri admitted heating the irons and torturing the girls. She said Wadeema was tortured because she did not listen and was disobedient.'
Al Sherawi said he did not mean to kill his daughter, but didn't deny beating or torturing them whenever they turned disobedient.
Al Ameri initially pleaded not guilty, but later told the court that she claimed full responsibility for the crime and deserved the death penalty. She claimed Al Sherawi wasn't involved.
The girls' natural mother Salma Obaid had to give them up in November 2011 after losing custody and had not seen them for six months when Wadeema died.
She married Al Sherawi in 2002 and divorced him in 2006. She previously told the court she tried to convince him to let her see the girls but was forbidden contact with them.
A forensics expert said Mira had been lucky not to die from her injuries.
Al Sherawi, who was 15 days to appeal, will be put to death when the capital punishment becomes irrevocable and is endorsed by the ruler.
The girl's death has since inspired new child-protection legislation, known as Wadeema's law -- Another example of the terrible cruelty dealt out by the so called 'religion of peace' ... How the hell a father can do this to his own daughter is just totally beyond my comprehension!! - Fx