Gay prince 'beat manservant to death'
Published 06/10/2010 | 05:00
A gay Saudi prince murdered his servant in a ferocious attack with a "sexual element", a court heard yesterday.
Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud killed Bandar Abdulaziz in the London hotel room they shared, a jury was told.
Bite marks on the 32-year-old victim's cheeks, inflicted with "considerable force", had an "obvious sexual connotation", the Old Bailey heard.
Mr Abdulaziz had accompanied the prince to a series of holiday destinations in the months before his death. But the court heard that Saud had subjected him to physical assaults and mistreatment, with one "nasty" attack in the lift at the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone, central London, on January 22 which was captured on CCTV.
Mr Abdulaziz was found beaten and strangled in bed with blood on his pillow in room 312 of the hotel, where the men were staying, on February 15.
He had suffered injuries to his left eye, lips, teeth, ears, brain, neck, back, rib and stomach, the court heard.
Jonathan Laidlaw, prosecuting, said the extent of the injuries, some caused by a series of heavy blows to his head and face, revealed "the ferocity of the attack to which he had been subjected before he died".
Bloodstains found in the room were "consistent with the victim having been the subject of a series of separate assaults before he was killed".
The trial continues.