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Saudi prince victim 'let the defendant kill him'

world Updated: Oct 18, 2010 22:17 IST
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A British prosecutor has told jurors in the murder trial of a Saudi prince that he allegedly abused his victim so badly that he died without showing resistance.

Jonathan Laidlaw says the death of 32-year-old Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz was a culmination of abuse by 34-year-old Prince Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud.

In closing statements at London's Central Criminal Court, Laidlaw alleged the prince assaulted his assistant for his "own personal gratification."

Laidlaw said Monday that Abdulaziz was so worn down by the abuse that he was not able to put up effective resistance.

Abdulaziz's body was found in a London hotel on Feb 15.

Al Saud has admitted manslaughter but denied charges of murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

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