A Saudi prince killed his servant in their room at a luxury London hotel in a ferocious beating which had sexual elements, a British court was told on Tuesday. The 32 year old Bandar Abdulaziz, was found dead in bed at the Landmark Hotel in central London on February 15 2010, having suffered extensive wounds, including bite marks to his cheeks, Reuters reported.
The victim had spent the previous three years travelling as a companion of Prince Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, whose father is a nephew of the Saudi king and whose mother is a daughter of the king, the court heard.
The servant had suffered "a series of heavy punches or blows to his head and face," leaving his left eye closed and swollen, his lips split open and his teeth chipped and broken, prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw asserted. There were also wounds to his ears and internal bruising and bleeding to the brain, as well as severe injuries to the neck consistent with manual compression, the court was told Tuesday.
On his part, Saudi had said his aide had been attacked and robbed on a London street three weeks before his death.