Last night, the grieving mother of a ten-year-old girl who was killed in her home wept, “She was so beautiful. I can’t believe she’s dead.”
Grief-stricken When Olga Sharif thought of her “happy and always laughing” Sara, she wiped her tears away.
Olga, 36, revealed ex-husband Urfan Sharif, 41, was given sole custody of little Sara by a court.
The weeping mum — who has been left unable to sleep following her only daughter’s death — shared pictures of Sara beaming for the camera.
She paid tribute to her daughter — who was found dead inside her ex-husband Urfan’s three-bed £550,000 house near Woking, Surrey, last Thursday.
Polish-born Olga, 36, who now lives in Yeovil, Somerset, cried: “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’.”
“Sara was invited to every birthday party in the class and every sleepover, she was so outgoing, much more social than me.”
The “cheeky” girl — a super-fan of the Frozen Disney films — bonded with her mum over a shared love of arts and crafts and trips to Marwell Zoo with friends.
Her mum told The Sun: “Sara was so beautiful. She was artsy, she loved building and making things. We’d go to Hobbycraft and buy everything that she wanted for supplies.”
The pair spent afternoons knitting jumpers and learning to crochet, scraping together the funds to buy yarn and other materials despite financial constraints.
Olga said: “Sara always stayed close to me. She’s the one daughter that I have, and I always wanted a daughter.
“She would go on my phone and take photos and videos with Snapchat filters.
“When she gave it back I had 100 new pictures, and my phone storage was taken up.
“I’d tell her to not take too much but she would say, ‘Mummy, look how I’m looking’.
“I had been teaching her how to ride a bike, and she’d get annoyed that her brother could go faster than her.”
Olga also revealed her daughter had her mind set on the world of modelling — and dreamed of moving to Los Angeles.
She added: “She would walk in and say, ‘Mum, look how pretty I look’. It was always modelling.
“She was so pretty that I never had to ask her to pose for a picture because every time she looked at the camera she was already smiling and beautiful.
“She would tell me that ‘I want to be like Mummy’.”
“She was like a younger version of me — but much prettier than her mum.”
Olga added: “There is nothing I can do that can bring her back to life, so I have to only remember the good times with her now. Life is really hard. It’s just not fair.”
Three people police want to speak to left the country last Wednesday, hours before Sara’s body was discovered at the family home.
They added that three people they are seeking for questioning over Sara’s murder were all known to her.
Formal identification is yet to take place and a postmortem examination will take place on Tuesday afternoon.
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.
‘Sara was an amazing child’
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 spoke of her fury at the court decision to strip her of all custody rights in 2019, instead handing them to Urfan.
She said: “I always gave them a choice over what religion they wanted to follow.”
But she said their behaviour began to change after Urfan’s influence over their lives increased.
Olga, from a Catholic background, said: “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.
“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.”
Olga — who is set to see her daughter’s body today after a post-mortem — is yet to be told how the killing unfolded.
She plans to take Sara’s body to be buried in Poland after authorities complete their examinations.
Olga — who had been planning to move back to her home country — told how she was informed of the tragedy in a devastating police phone call.
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’.
“He 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.”