Sara Sharif’s mum says 10-yr-old's behaviour changed when she lived with dad as she awaits post-mortem in 'murder' probe | The Sun
A MUM claims her murdered ten-year-old daughter's behaviour changed when she moved in with her dad.
Sara Sharif was found dead at a home belonging to her dad Urfan Sharif, 41, near Woking, Surrey, last Thursday.
Her mum Olga Sharif told how her ex-husband had been given sole custody of the youngster by a court.
She says Sara's behaviour then began to change after Urfan’s influence over her life increased.
Olga, from a Catholic background, told The Sun: "They would not eat certain things because they are not halal.
“Urfan said to me that the kids will be Muslim, but I said no, they will learn both religions, not only yours, because they are living in my house.
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“I didn’t want to push the kids. I told them if they want to be Muslim they can be Muslim, but they can choose later in life.”
The mum, 36, is now awaiting the results of a post-mortem to establish how her daughter died.
She will see Sara's body today after the autopsy is carried out.
Olga now plans to take Sara’s body to be buried in Poland after authorities complete their examinations.
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She was on her way back to the country when she received a devastating phonecall over her daughter's death.
She said: “I was on my way to Poland when they called to say, ‘You need to come to England and come to the police station in Dover’.
“She told me she could not say why over the phone, but when I called again they told me to pull over, so we did.
“Then she told me Sara had been found dead in a house and I just burst into tears. It took us six hours to get back to the UK.”
She added: “I couldn’t see my daughter for four years, and now she is dead. She’s only a kid. She had done nothing wrong.”
Police were called to the property last week following a call raising concerns for Sara's welfare.
Three people officers want to speak to left the country just hours before the youngster's body was found.
All three are known to Sara and no one was present in the home when the tragic discovery was made.
Olga said she wed cabbie Urfan at a Surrey register office in November 2009, before the marriage ended in 2017.
Urfan, 41, was eventually awarded full custody of both Sara and her 13-year-old brother in 2019.
Aside from occasional phone conversations, Olga said she was only allowed to see her children twice in the four years since she lost custody.
She continued to be sent frequent photos of her children until 2021, when she said an argument between her and Urfan’s new partner, Beenish, meant she was cut off completely.
Olga said: "My life will never be the same again. Sara should be with me right now. She was too young.
“Sara was an amazing child.
“She had lots of friends at school and she would get on with anyone. Whenever I picked her up I would hear kids shouting ‘Bye Sara’.
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“Sara was invited to every birthday party in the class and every sleepover, she was so outgoing, much more social than me.”
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