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Security guard admits to killing US teacher in Doha

Autopsy found Jennifer Brown died from stab wounds, but a Kenyan security guard says he accidentally killed her when he ‘snapped’ & hit her head against a door

Security guard admits to killing US teacher in Doha
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A Kenyan security guard has admitted to killing a American school teacher but denies it was premeditated murder, his lawyer has reportedly told a court in Doha.

Jennifer Brown died in her Al Sadd flat two months after moving to the Gulf state to teach at the English Modern School in Al Wakrah, Doha News said.

She died from blood loss resulting from stab wounds, according to an autopsy, which also said she had been sexually assaulted.

However, the lawyer representing the security guard, who was not named, said his client hit Brown’s head against a door when he “snapped” during a verbal argument.

He argued the guard went to Brown’s flat because she had asked him to fix a repair. There, she “picked a fight” with him, “as was her habit”.

She “yelled at him and bossed him around”, the lawyer told the court. His client, reacting in the heat of the moment, hit Brown's head against the door, the lawyer added.

He then carried her into her bedroom, the lawyer said, without addressing the sexual assault allegation, Doha News said.

The security guard faces the death penalty if convicted of murder, although Brown’s family has told the court it would prefer a jail sentence.

If the court accepts that he should be found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter, he faces a maximum 10 years in jail.

A verdict is scheduled for April 14.

The murder trial is the second involving the death of a foreign teacher in Doha.

Two Qatari men were last year convicted of killing British schoolteacher Lauren Patterson, 24, in 2013 and burning her body in the desert to destroy evidence.

The men have lodged an appeal, claiming the charge should have been assault causing death and not murder. A ruling is expected on March 23.

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