Friday, March 28, 2014

Qatar: Update--Murderer of British School Teacher, 24, Sentenced to Death, Accomplice Gets Measley 3 Yrs

According to The Huffington Post, the assailant convicted of the murder of a British primary school teacher Lauren Patterson, 24, has been sentenced to death in Qatar, after a court found Badr Hashim Khamis Abdullah Al-Jabar.

Badr Hashim Khamis Abdullah Al-Jabar was found guilty by a court in Doha of killing Patterson in the Gulf state in October 2013. 

Worse, after degrading Lauren by assaulting her, Al-Jabar displayed further disrespect by stabbing her to death and burning her body.

Al-Jabar's accomplice, Muhammad Abdullah Hassan Abdul Aziz was jailed for three years for reportedly helping burn the body of the young woman, who was originally from Chislehurst in south-east London.

COMMENT: The lesson-learned from this tragic and brutal homicide is that with few exceptions the majority of nations that make up the Middle East have little to no respect for women.  Period.

Hence, foreign women contemplating seeking employment in the Middle East should contemplate relocation very carefully.

In a statement issued by the British Foreign Office, Ms. Patterson's Mom, Alison, described the young woman as "my closest friend and confidant," who helped raise her siblings after the sudden death of her father.

“Badr Hashim Khamis Abdullah Al-Jabar not only killed my beautiful daughter, he has also ruined so many lives, including that of his own family who will have to live with the horrendous and despicable crime he committed on a young, kind woman who had her whole life ahead of her," Mrs. Patterson said.

Alison added: "Nothing will ever bring my daughter back," she continued. "As a family we will never be able to replace the times we were looking forward to: Lauren getting married, having children--all of those things and more have been taken away from us by these two individuals.

Mrs. Patterson had very harsh words for the three-year sentence for the accomplice, Abdul Aziz, who she called an "accomplice to Lauren's murder and he was aware of what had happened. At no time did he choose to help my daughter or report the murder."

Patterson, originally from Chislehurst in south east London, was working at the Newton British School in the Qatari capital.

Up to 500 British expats are thought to be arriving in Doha every day as the city expands into a global hub built on the back of Qatar's enormous oil and natural gas wealth.

On March 28, 2014, the following link was released by the below link:

Please note that the above link may well be disturbing to some readers.

Given the preference accorded to Qataris who are sentenced to death, my advice to the Patterson family is to follow post-sentencing proceedings very carefully as the certainty of Badr Hashim Khamis Abdullah Al-Jabar's actual execution is by no means "a done deal."