A seven-year-old East Sussex girl died in hospital yesterday after being gunned down by her father, who then killed himself.
According to this report, Mary Ann Shipstone – pictured above with her mum Lyndsey – was shot in the head by Egyptian Yasser Alromisse, 46, after his English convert wife rejected Islam and left him.
Lyndsey Shipstone, 42, married Alromisse in Liverpool in 2005 after Miss Shipstone converted to Islam, friends said.
But she later rejected the faith and left him, prompting a bitter custody dispute over the children.
Further legal action had apparently been planned in the past few weeks. While together, their daughter had been known by the traditional Islamic name Maryam. After her mother moved she started calling her ‘Mary Ann’.
Alromisse fired the fatal shot while his daughter played outside her house in the quiet village of Northiam, East Sussex, on Thursday afternoon. She had returned from school and was excited about celebrating her eighth birthday next week.
Her mother, Lyndsey Shipstone, 42, screamed: “He’s got a gun” before her estranged Muslim husband shot Mary Ann and then killed himself.
She raced outside, gathered her daughter in her arms and laid her on a sofa inside. Neighbour Helen Barber, 38, said:
I ran out up to the house and went in. Mary Ann was on the sofa. There was blood everywhere.
Her new husband, Stuart Barber, 46, added:
The car stopped. There were two shots. No one went to the car. Within minutes armed police turned up and surrounded the car.
Miss Shipstone has an older son, Stephen, 21, who has autism and was with a carer when his sister was killed.
He arrived home 15 minutes after the shooting and was taken away from the scene by Mr Barber.
Alromisse had reportedly spent a week trying to locate the home the family had moved to. It is thought he also staked out their home in his Toyota Rav 4 car.
In a statement the family said they were trying ‘to come to terms with what has happened,’ adding:
We are today grieving the death of our beautiful and loving Mary.
After the tragedy it emerged the family had been hiding from Alromisse for several years.
Miss Shipstone married Alromisse after they met in Skelmersdale, her home town in Lancashire. Having been a practising Catholic, she converted to Islam and quickly became devout. A family friend said:
She started wearing long robes and only eating halal food. Her son Stephen began using the name Adam.
He used to hit Stephen. Stephen used to say ‘He’s a bad man’.
Meanwhile, we learn that next month an Australian Muslim is to be tried for the fatal stabbing last year of his wife just weeks after he converted to Islam.
Daniel Munoz, 41, allegedly said when questioned by police over the stabbing death of Melissa Munoz on October 20 last year:
Allah told me to kill her.
Mrs Munoz had taken out a number of apprehended violence orders against her husband of 22 years after feeling threatened by him.
Police said the unemployed Munoz went to the family home in Hobartville in Sydney’s northwest where, at about 3.30pm, screams were heard.
Munoz is accused of standing over the 40-year-old mother of seven in the lounge of the home, holding her by her hair and stabbing her more than ten times in the head and chest with a knife he had taken from the kitchen.
He was arrested and first appeared in court last October, when bail was refused.
Barrister Belinda Rigg said her client had been examined by a psychiatrist and would be pleading not guilty by reason of mental illness.
The Crown did not object and the case will return to court on October 13 for a two-day trial by judge alone.