Prosecutor: Video shows Saudi prince beating aide

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 6, 2010 03:02

LONDON – Security camera footage  captured a Saudi prince savagely beating his servant in a luxury hotel elevator only weeks before the aide was slain, a British prosecutor said Tuesday.

Prince Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud is accused of murdering Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz in a frenzied sex attack at London's Landmark Hotel February 15. Abdulaziz was found beaten and strangled to death in the room the two shared at London's Landmark Hotel.

Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw told London's Central Criminal Court Abdulaziz there was evidence of a sexual assault, including bite marks on the victim's cheeks.

Saud originally told police that he and Abdulaziz had been drinking into the early hours of the morning, and that when he awoke at 3 p.m. he could not rouse him.

But Laidlaw said Saud has admitted manslaughter but denied charges of murder and causing grievous bodily harm.

The defense has yet to present its case.


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