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Sun 24 Jan 2016 10:18 AM

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British teen confesses to stabbing Saudi student

The murder in June, 2014 was treated as a hate crime

British teen confesses to stabbing Saudi student
Nahid Almanea was captured on CCTV moments before her death.

A British teenager has confessed to killing a Saudi student and a second person in 2014.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, stabbed to death Nahid Al Manea, a female Saudi scholarship student whose death attracted widespread headlines amid suggestion it had been a racial motivated attack.

Al Manea, who was wearing a black burqa at the time, was attacked while walking to the University of Essex in broad daylight on June 17. She was stabbed at least 15 times and was found bleeding to death in a park in Colchester.

She had been studying English and was expected to complete the program two months after her death.

The 17-year-old Brit arrested over the stabbing confessed during a court hearing on Friday, according to reports.

He also admitted killing fellow British national James Attfield, 33, three months earlier. Attfield, who had suffered a brain injury, was found dying in a castle in the same town.

Investigator Morgan Cronin was quoted as saying after the hearing: “We hope that today’s guilty plea will provide the families of James Attfield and Nahid Al Manea with some comfort by finally establishing who carried out their atrocious killings.”

Essex University International Academy chairman Richard Barnard said: “Nahid was a very hardworking and conscientious student and was making real progress. She was very respectable and had the ambition to enroll in further studies. She will be missed by her teachers and colleagues.”

A trial is reportedly due to begin on April 11.

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