Saudi Prince Convicted of Murdering Servant

A Saudi prince is facing a life in prison after a jury found him guilty of killing his servant at a five-star hotel in February.

The jury at London’s Central Criminal Court convicted Saud Bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir al Saud of killing Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz on February 15. Court records show that Saud, who is a grandson of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, strangled and beat his servant as part of a sadistic sexual abuse.

Saud’s homosexuality was revealed during the course of the two-week trial, where evidence presented showed that the servant, Abdulaziz, received heavy blows to the head that resulted in injuries to his brain and ears. An autopsy of the victim also revealed neck injuries that were likely caused by strangulation.

Saud could face a life sentence at the maximum. His sentencing is set on Wednesday.

Defense lawyers had tried to stop the prosecution from revealing details about the homosexuality of Saud, who insisted during the trial that he was heterosexual and that the victim was only his friend. Saud’s lawyers said the prince could be meted the death penalty in his native country due to the revelations about his sexual preference.