A woman in Britain faces life in prison for murdering her son then setting him on fire because he struggled to learn the Koran.

Sara Ege, 32, used a stick to beat Yaseen, 7, "like a dog" when he couldn’t recite passages from the Koran, Britain's Daily Mail newspaper reported.

The court was told Yaseen died from his injuries and that his mother burned the body in a bid to destroy the evidence of her horrific crime.

A post mortem revealed the circumstances of his death and also showed Yaseen had been beaten in the months before he was killed.

Prosecutor Ian Murphy told the court: "He had suffered significant abdominal injuries that were the cause of his death.

"He clearly suffered terribly. She started the fire to hide what she had done."

In a police interview Ege said she was getting more and more frustrated, "if he didn’t read it properly I would be very angry - I would hit him".

The family had planned for Yaseen to become Hafiz, someone who memorises the Koran, because it would be a "great reward for thew whole family".

Yaseen's mother testified that as Yaseen continued to faily to meet his family' expectations she became angrier.

"I was getting very wild and I hit Yaseen with a stick on his back like a dog," she said.

The beatings continued with a stick, a hammer, a rolling pin and a slipper.

Police and firefighters were called to the family home in July 2010 and dragged Yaseen from the home. They attempted to revive him but failed. It was not until the autopsy that the terrible truth was revealed.

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