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Pakistani sentenced to death over Qatari murder

The Pakistani worker was convicted after his DNA was found at the woman’s home, where he had been her gardener

Pakistani sentenced to death over Qatari murder

A Pakistani man has been sentenced to death for killing an elderly Qatari woman in her home.

Muhammad Zaman Zirdad Khan was accused of attacking the woman in May as she left her house before dawn to water the garden. The court was told he hit her on the head and dragged her body inside, where he strangled her to death with an undershirt.

Khan had often done gardening work for the woman, who was his sponsor’s sister.

The court relied on evidence that included Khan’s DNA found at the home and bloodied writing on a bed sheet that police claimed spelt ‘Khan’ in Arabic.

The 34-year-old also had fresh scratches on his face and thumb – wounds, the court was told were consistent with an injury inflicted by someone’s fingernails – when he was arrested six days after the woman died, Doha News reported.

In June, legal sources reportedly told Doha News that the attack was revenge after the woman spilled food on Khan and berated him several months prior to her death.

Khan denied writing the word in blood and there were no reports of who the blood belonged to.

He was reportedly denied the opportunity to present closing arguments during the final hearing in October.

Doha News reported the judge refused Khan’s defence lawyer to present another witness because he had enough evidence to reach a verdict.

Outside court, the victim’s family told media they were satisfied with the verdict, according to Doha News.

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