Qatari to be executed for killing British teacher

Lauren Patterson, left, and her mother Alison (right). (Courtesy photo of Daily Mail)

A Qatari court sentenced a local man to death for the murder of a British school teacher and jailed another Qatari accomplice for three years, in verdicts handed down on Thursday.

Lauren Patterson, a 24-year-old primary teacher at a British school in the Gulf Arab state, went missing after being seen with two men at a nightclub in the capital, Doha, according to Reuters.

British daily The Times reported that Lauren was attacked, raped and stabbed to death before she was dragged to a desert location where she was burnt.

A forensic expert testified during trial that he visited the crime scene at a farm near Wakra, The Time reported. He said Patterson’s burnt remains were left smoldering in a pit.

In a statement issued by Britain's Foreign Office, Patterson's mother said justice had been served on Badr Hashim Khamis Abdullah al-Jaber, who was sentenced to death, according to Reuters.

But Alison Patterson said the accomplice, Muhammad Abdullah Hassan Abdul Aziz, had not faced adequate justice.

“At no time did he choose to help my daughter or report the murder. In fact he did the contrary; he helped Badr Hashim Khamis

Abdullah al-Jaber dispose of Lauren's body in the most callous and barbaric way,” she said.

“Three years does not seem to reflect the magnitude of this crime.”

Hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals, including many Westerners, live and work in Qatar, whose liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports make it one of the wealthiest countries in the world.

[With Reuters]

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