Qatar appeals court upholds verdicts for murdered British teacher
DOHA // A Qatari court on Monday upheld verdicts in the case of two men convicted in the murder of a British school teacher, Lauren Patterson.
Doha’s Court of Appeal confirmed the convictions against Qatari Badr Hashim Khamis Abdallah Al Jabar for murder and compatriot Mohammed Abdallah Hassan Abdul Aziz for helping to burn the 24-year-old’s body and disposing of evidence.
Al Jabar has been sentenced to death and Aziz to three years in prison.
Although the death penalty is still handed down as a punishment in Qatar, it has been 12 years since the last execution took place and they are usually replaced by long prison sentences.
Patterson, from Kent in southern England, was murdered in October 2013 after leaving a nightclub in central Doha with a friend and the two convicted men.
She was sexually assaulted, stabbed and her remains burnt and found in the desert outside Doha.
The two men were originally convicted in March last year.
However, they appealed their conviction on the basis that they had been tortured by prison guards and held in solitary confinement.
Prosecutors had also argued for a longer sentence to be handed to Aziz.
Patterson’s mother, Alison, had travelled from Britain to be in court to hear the final verdict and was accompanied by friends and former colleagues of her daughter.
* Agence France-Presse
Published: March 23, 2015 04:00 AM