Reporting from London — After an hour and a half of deliberation, a British jury on Tuesday found a Saudi prince guilty of murdering a manservant who died of head injuries early this year.
Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, the grandson of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, was convicted of murder and grievous bodily harm in the death of Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz, who was found dead in bed at the elegant Landmark London Hotel on Feb. 15. The victim had suffered broken ribs and bruises to his head and body, and there were signs of brain injuries, strangulation and bite marks to the cheek, the jury heard.
Videos taken inside a hotel elevator and aired during the trial showed Saud kicking and punching Abdulaziz, who made little attempt at self-defense.
Saud initially told police that Abdulaziz had been attacked and robbed on central London's Edgware Road several weeks before his death. The prince said the two men had been out the night of Valentine's Day drinking heavily and that he awoke the next morning to find his servant dead.