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Eight-year-old girl who died ‘after being tortured by her father was forced to eat her own feces when his mistress locked her in the toilet’

Eight-year-old girl who died ‘after being tortured by her father was forced to eat her own feces when his mistress locked her in the toilet’

  • Father and mistress accused of torture and imprisonment of the girl and her sister
  • Mistress Admits Using Hot Irons To Punish Girls For Being ‘disobedient’
  • Couple used metal rods and wires to systematically torture two daughters
  • Police found stun guns and sticks in the flat where the children were left


An eight-year-old girl who died after being tortured with stun guns and hot irons was forced to eat her own feces after her father and his mistress left her to starve in a locked toilet, a Dubai court heard.

Wadeema al Sherawi had been denied food and was imprisoned as punishment for being ‘naughty’ the night she died – and in desperation ate her own waste before vomiting as a result.

Her father Hamad Saoud al Sherawi, 29, and his mistress Al Anood al Ameri, 27, have been charged with torturing and imprisoning Wadeema and her seven-year-old sister Mira, murdering Wadeema and burying her illegally.

A Dubai court heard how a father and his mistress tortured, mistreated and starved the man's daughters

A Dubai court heard how a father and his mistress tortured, mistreated and starved the man’s daughters

The Emirati couple allegedly beat the girls with electric wires and metal rods, poured boiling water on them and burned them with hot irons and cigarettes.

A police officer told the Dubai Court of First Instance that Wadeema and Mira – who survived the abuse but had permanent disabilities – were often denied food and sometimes ate their own feces.

Emirati police officer Essam Obaid, 35, told the court: ‘The girl and her younger sister were left in the flat without food.

‘During the night [Wadeema] died, she vomited a lot because she ate her own stool.

“She and her sister used to eat moldy food and sometimes their own feces.”

They left her in the toilet until 5am and when they went to check on her she was dead. She vomited because she ate her own feces.’

A second witness at the trial, Police Corporal Mubarak Ahmed Taleb, 34, said the studio apartment where the couple lived with the two girls was filthy and “unsuitable for people to live in.”

He told the court it stank of old urine: “It smelled bad and was dirty. There was only one bed and the furniture was upside down. The girls’ clothes stank and there was rubbish everywhere.

“The fridge was full of expired food. No one could live in it.’

He said that when his investigative team searched the flat, they found two irons with brown spots and said, “They had used them to burn the girls.”

He added that they found some torture devices, including metal rods, sticks and stun guns.

Al Sherawi and Al Ameri, who have just given birth to a baby boy named Saoud while being held separately in captivity, stood in court as Judge Maher Salameh heard the case against them.

Al Ameri pressed her sleeping newborn baby to her chest, wrapped in a blue plaid blanket.

The couple were arrested after the girls’ uncle visited the flat in International City, Dubai, and were made aware of the abuse by Mira.

Al Sherawi and his mistress have been charged with torturing and imprisoning Wadeema and her seven-year-old sister Mira, murdering Wadeema and illegally burying her.

Al Sherawi and his mistress have been charged with torturing and imprisoning Wadeema and her seven-year-old sister Mira, and killing and burying Wadeema

Initially, he blamed both of Wadeema’s deaths, but later changed his story by saying that Al Sherawi was “a wonderful father who loved his children.”

Al Sherawi has denied all charges, admitting only to having buried Wadeema in the desert while his mistress has pleaded guilty to all charges.

Mr Obaid said today: ‘When I questioned Al Anood, she claimed that she had seen Wadeema vomiting heavily and was very ill that night, so she called Hamad and asked him to come to the flat.

“They left her in the toilet until 5 a.m. and when they went to check on her, she was dead. She vomited because she ate her own feces.

‘Al Anood admitted to heating the irons and torturing the girls. She said Wadeema was tortured for not listening and disobedience.’

The judge said, “Wasn’t there any other way she could teach her children?”

Mr Obaid said Al Anood told him they washed and dressed Wadeema before burying her in the desert.

He said he hadn’t interviewed Mira. The little girl testified in court yesterday, but after Al Sherawi, who was clean-shaven for the first time in the trial, refused to proceed with the proceedings unless reporters were banned, the trial was heard in court.

Wadeema’s body was found in June, but it was so bad that forensic experts couldn’t say how she died.

The girls’ natural mother, Salma Obaid, had to relinquish them in November 2011 after she lost custody and hadn’t seen her for six months when Wadeema died.

She married Al Sherawi in 2002 and divorced him in 2006. She previously told the court that she tried to convince him to let her see the girls, but that contact with them was prohibited.

A forensic expert said Mira was lucky not to have died from her injuries. The case was adjourned to November 25.

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