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Businessman admits strangling woman in hotel room after meeting her on dating site

Sally Wardle

Sammy Almahri, who has pleaded guilty at Cardiff Crown Court to strangling Nadine Aburas, 28
Sammy Almahri, who has pleaded guilty at Cardiff Crown Court to strangling Nadine Aburas, 28

A US businessman has admitted strangling a British woman in a hotel room after meeting her on a dating site.

Sammy Almahri, 44, pleaded guilty to murdering Nadine Aburas, 28, at the Future Inn, Cardiff Bay, on New Year's Eve 2014, before placing a "do not disturb" sign on the room door, South Wales Police said

Almahri initially admitted manslaughter, but denied murder saying he was suffering a mental disorder and carried out the killing after hearing the "voice of God".

In a statement issued following the new plea, the family of Ms Aburas said: "Justice has been done for Nadine. The right verdict has been returned. We wish to thank everyone who has assisted us throughout this tragic period in our lives.

Nadine Aburas, 28.
Nadine Aburas, 28.

"We ask now that we are given time to grieve and remember our beautiful girl. We will give a full statement after sentence."

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