Qatar Re-trail In Kent Teacher Murder

The re-trail of a man found guilty of murdering a teacher from West Malling is underway in the Qatari capital Dohar.

Lauren Patterson, 24, was murdered in the Persian peninsular during a night out in 2013. Her badly-burned body was found in the desert. She had been stabbed to death.

A local man, Badr Hashim Khamis Abdallah al-Jabr, was found guilty of murdering Laurean during a trial in March 2014. He maintained her death had been an accident. The judge sentenced Al Jabr to death by firing squad.

His accomplice Mohamed Abdallah Hassan Abdul Aziz was found guilty of helping Al Jabr to burn the body and was sentenced to three years in jail.

The men appealed their conviction in the Court of Appeal and the sentences were both upheld. Finally, the case was sent to Qatar's highest court which quashed Al Jabr's conviction and ordered a retrial.

Lauren's mother, Alison Patterson, has flown to Qatar to sit through the latest court hearing. On her Facebook page she has posted: "On way praying that this will conclude 2 and half years of court hearings". Earlier Alison had told reporters: "I don't believe in the death sentence, I would prefer it was life imprisonment."

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