‘Voice of God told me to kill girl­friend’

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LON­DON: A New York busi­ness­man stran­gled his Bri­tish girl­friend in a ho­tel room af­ter meet­ing her on a Mus­lim dat­ing site, a court heard.

Sammy Almahri, 44, then hung a “Do Not Dis­turb” sign out­side the room where Na­dine Aburas’s body was later found, ju­rors were told this week.

His mur­der trial was told the busi­ness­man had tried to make her death look like a sui­cide be­fore he fled abroad.

Almahri met Aburas, 28, on an in­ter­net dat­ing site called Mus­limMatch.com and they be­gan a tor­rid two-year ro­mance, the court heard.

Almahri then trav­elled from the US to see Aburas – and booked into the Fu­ture Inns ho­tel near her Cardiff Bay home in 2014.

She agreed to meet him and they went to a restau­rant where wit­nesses saw them ar­gu­ing. Thomas said Aburas was seen on CCTV, adding: “This was the last time she was seen alive.”

At around mid­night, Almahri left the ho­tel alone.

When he got back he then left at 3am, leav­ing a “Do Not Dis­turb’ sign on the door. Aburas was found dead nine hours later, Cardiff Crown Court heard.Po­lice soon dis­cov­ered Almahri had fled the coun­try on a flight from Heathrow to Qatar.

Ju­rors were told Almahri later claimed he had had sex with Aburas be­fore she asked him to put his belt around her neck. He said she told him she loved him be­fore hang­ing her­self.

Almahri has pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter but de­nies mur­der – claim­ing he was suf­fer­ing from “ab­nor­mal­ity of men­tal func­tion” and that he was hear­ing “the voice of God” telling him to kill Aburas.

The trial con­tin­ues. – Daily Mail

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