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20 October 2010 :: 17:10:09 pm 44465

Saudi Prince Due to be Sentenced for Servants Murder in London

A Saudi prince is due to be sentenced for beating and strangling his servant to death in a London hotel amid claims that he was covering up his homosexuality, a capital offence in Saudi Arabia.
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United Kingdom, the 19th of October 2010:  Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud was found guilty of murdering Bandar Abdulaziz in a “brutal” assault at their five-star hotel suite. The prince is reported to have bit the 32-year-old on both cheeks during the attack, which was said to have had a “sexual element.”

Fuelled by champagne and cocktails when he began the ferocious beating on Valentine’s Day 2010, he wrongly claimed diplomatic immunity when he was arrested, but his special status as a Saudi royal was irrelevant in the eyes of the British justice system.

A member of one of the world’s richest and most powerful dynasties, the prince was found guilty of murder after an hour and 35-minute deliberation by an Old Bailey jury.

The prince now faces a life sentence for his crimes, ending his luxury playboy lifestyle in which he dined at some of the world’s most reputable restaurants and secretly entertained male escorts in his plush five star hotel room. A gay masseur who visited on one occasion in London described the prince as “dashing” and a cross between Omar Sharif and Nigel Havers.

His lawyer made a failed bid to cover up the prince’s sexuality prior to the trial. If he ever returns to his home country he faces possible execution, not from the murder, but for being gay, which is considerable a capital offence in Saudi Arabia.

The court heard how the servant was left so worn down and injured by previous beatings from the prince, he simply let the Saud kill him without a fight. The prince claimed that he awoke in the morning and could not revive his friend, explaining the injuries as the result of an attack in London’s Edgware Road weeks beforehand.

Officers reviewing CCTV footage at the hotel found footage of the Saud mercilessly beating his aide in a lift on January 22nd. The prince continued to deny killing his servant until should before the trial when he was refused diplomatic immunity after a check of Foreign Office records.

Jurors rejected a claim by his barrister John Kelsey-Fry QC that he was only guilty of manslaughter. The prince was convicted of murder and a second count of grievous bodily harm with intent relating to the attack in the lift.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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