The general court in Jeddah has sentenced a man to death for the murder of a woman. The man’s brother was also sentenced to five years in jail for his involvement in the case.
The court found the defendant guilty of killing the 28-year-old woman. The brother confessed to helping the convict get rid of the woman’s body after the murder.
The corpse was found at dawn on July 1 this year after alarms had been raised regarding the woman’s month-long disappearance. The family of the victim reported to police that their daughter had been missing, and that they had received several calls from a purported kidnapper who had been demanding money.
On that Saturday morning in July, the operations room at the General Administration of Security Patrols in Jeddah received a report that a citizen had been found dead in the Al-Samer neighborhood.
Police officers were dispatched to the scene and found the woman’s body, which had a deep head injury as well as bruises and cuts all over the body including the face, neck, chest and legs. The woman also appeared to have sustained burns to her back and chest, which suggested that her death was the result of a criminal act.
Police arrested the killer and his 25-year-old brother less than 24 hours after finding the body. The killer was identified as a 30-year-old Saudi working as a school administrator in Khulais.
According to the police, the killer beat up the woman’s car driver, stole her purse and abducted her. He kept her imprisoned for a month and then beat her up mercilessly after apparently failing to secure a ransom. The man’s brother carried the unconscious victim in his car and dumped her by the side of a street in the Al-Samer neighborhood to die.