Family of British women murdered in Qatar is shocked that the killer can be released
Family of British women who have been sexually abused and subsequently killed in Qatar are shocked to discover that her murderer can be released within a few weeks – despite being sentenced to death
- Lauren Patterson, 24, from Kent, was murdered in Doha in October 2013
- Badr Hashim Khamis Abdallah al-Jabr was sentenced to death the following year
- But Lauren & # 39; s mother Alison says that sentence has been drastically reduced
- & # 39; I am completely shocked, & # 39; said the mother, & # 39; it may even be a matter of months & # 39;
Lauren Patterson, 24, from Kent, was sexually abused and stabbed before her burnt remains were smeared in a remote desert location in October 2013
The family of a British teacher who was sexually abused and subsequently killed in Qatar says they are shocked to discover that her murderer can be released within a few weeks despite the death penalty.
Lauren Patterson, 24, from Kent, was sexually abused and stabbed before her burnt remains were smeared in a remote desert location in October 2013.
The following year, Badr Hashim Khamis Abdallah al-Jabr was sentenced to death for her murder in Doha.
But Lauren & # 39; s mother Alison Patterson says that the death penalty, which should at least have kept him behind bars for life, has been drastically reduced.
& # 39; I'm completely shocked, we trusted them so much and trusted them to do justice because it was promised so often, & # 39; Mrs. Patterson said Kent Online.
& # 39; He has served for nearly six years, so depending on good behavior he may be out within four or even earlier. Twice a year they forgive prisoners in Qatar, so it can even be a matter of months.
& # 39; I think I feel worse as the day progresses and the more I think about it – I really didn't expect it. We did everything we should have done, but they fooled us.
& # 39; As Qatari you seem to have carte blanche to do what you want. & # 39;
Al-Jabr & # 39; s accomplice, Mohamed Abdallah Hassan Abdul Aziz, was imprisoned for three years for helping the murderer to remove Miss Patterson's body by burning it.
Miss Patterson was identified by DNA that was linked to her mother Alison (right), a reflexologist
At a hearing in 2014, Lea Monet testified how she, Miss Patterson and the two men, who she & # 39; casually announced & # 39; left a nightclub at La Cigale Hotel in Doha on October 12, 2013 around 3:30 a.m.
She said that Mrs. Patterson, who had just returned from attending her grandmother's funeral in England, was not drunk and was aware of her surroundings & # 39 ;.
She said the men dropped her home with the promise that they would drop her boyfriend off at her house shortly thereafter.
Alison Patterson, pictured with Lauren & # 39; s uncle Brian Roke, was in court in Doha to hear the verdict and sobbed upon hearing the death penalty for her daughter's murderer
Miss Monet told the court when she tried to call Miss Patterson the next morning, her phone was switched off.
She said that when she asked one of the two men about this, he said he could have dropped Miss Patterson at the wrong building.
Miss Monet said the next day that she noticed that he had a cut in his lower lip and that it was swollen that were not there when she last saw him.
At the previous hearing, the prosecutor said that one of the defendants brought Miss Patterson to a home he used for sexual trials of women, & # 39; captured her body & # 39; and killed her by stabbing her twice.
Miss Patterson, from Kent, worked at a primary school in the capital of Qatar
The 24-year-old worked for several months as a teacher at the Newton International School in Doha (photo) before she was murdered
He said with the help of the second defendant that he put Miss Patterson's body in the trunk of his car and drove her from the city of Doha to Al-Kharrara, where she burned her remains.
He said that Miss Patterson, who worked at a primary school in Doha, had been sexually abused, but forensic tests could not prove this because the remains had been burned too heavily.
A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said: & # 39; Our employees supported Lauren Patterson's family during the legal process and will continue to support them after their tragic loss. & # 39;
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