Saudi prince gets life for brutal murder of servant in posh hotel
Published 21/10/2010 | 05:00
Life in prison, with parole possible after 20 years.
That was the sentence handed down yesterday to a Saudi prince convicted of a killing so lurid it has shocked London.
The victim, Bandar Abdulaziz, had so many internal injuries, including bleeding on the brain and a fractured larynx, that pathologists could not pinpoint the cause of death after his body was found in the room he shared with the prince in the posh Landmark Hotel in February.
The killer, who had tried in vain to hide his homosexuality from the court, had earlier been filmed on a closed-circuit camera mercilessly beating the victim -- his paid servant -- in the hotel lift.
The frenzied killing, and the erotic nude photos of the victim found on the prince's mobile phone, have embarrassed the Saudi royal family, which has refused to comment. The case is not receiving press attention inside Saudi Arabia.
Justice David Bean told Prince Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Saud, that no man, even a royal, was above the law.
"Abdulaziz was a vulnerable victim, entirely subjugated to your will. You were in a position of authority and trust over him, which you exploited ruthlessly."
Judge Bean said the most chilling aspect of the case was Abdulaziz's acceptance of the vicious beating. "He was so subservient to you that after being treated as a human punchbag he followed you meekly out of the lift," he said.