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Qatari court throws out guilty verdict for murder of British teacher

New panel of judges to hear case against Badr Al Jabar, who was found guilty of murdering Lauren Patterson in 2014

Qatari court throws out guilty verdict for murder of British teacher
Lauren Patterson (left) pictured with her mother Alison. Picture: Facebook.

Qatar’s highest court has overturned a guilty verdict for Badr Hashim Khamis Abdallah Al Jabar, the man convicted for murdering British teacher Lauren Patterson two years ago.

Doha News reported that the death penalty handed to Al Jabar had also been thrown out. The Qatari national will remain in custody until a new trial takes place at the Court of Appeal.

Another man convicted of helping to dispose of Patterson’s body, Mohammed Abdallah Hassan Abdul Aziz, was denied an appeal request. He has now has no further avenues of appeal and must complete a three-year prison sentence.

Patterson, who worked for Newton British School in Doha, disappeared in October 2014 following a night out. Her body, which had been burnt, was later found by a falconer in a remote area of Qatar.

The prosecutor had argued that the 24-year-old had been taken to a home Al Jabar used for sexual trysts with women, “conquered her body”, and then stabbed her twice.

In March last year, Al Jabar was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. A year later, the Court of Appeal upheld that verdict.

The case will now be heard by a new panel of judges to evaluate whether any errors were made, Doha News reported.

“I am totally dumbfounded how anyone could think that someone who acted so callously deserves another chance and is given a retrial,” Patterson’s mother, Alison, told the website. “The only ones who suffer because of this are the innocent ones.”