British teacher killed in Qatar had been 'sexually assaulted, stabbed and burned in desert'

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A British teacher found dead in Qatar had been sexually assaulted and stabbed before her burnt remains were dumped in the desert, a court has heard.

Lauren Patterson, 24, was allegedly killed by two Qatari men, who are now on trial for her murder, after being identified as the last two people to see her alive by a friend, reports the Daily Mail.

Lauren and her friend had left the La Cigale Hotel in Doha with the two men at around 3.30am on 12 October last year.

The friend said the men dropped her home with the promise they would also drop off her friend shortly afterwards at her house.

But Lauren was found in the desert after being stabbed and killed, before being driven out of Doha and dumped.

Lauren's mother, Alison Patterson, from Kent, was in court in Doha with other members of family, and heard how her attacker took Lauren to a home used for sexual trysts with women "conquered her body", and killed her by stabbing her twice, reports the Mirror.

Lauren's body was then put in the boot of the men's car and they drove out of the city of Doha to Al-Kharrara, where they burned her remains.

The court was told a knife was found inside Lauren's rib cage.

Prosecutors are demanding the death penalty for one of the accused men, branding the crime "heinous and shocking" to the country's "conservative society".

Lauren, originally from Chislehurst in south east London, had been working at the Newton British School in the Qatari capital.

The Lauren Patterson Memorial Fund Facebook page has been raising donations for the family to afford the regular trip to Qatar to be present at different court dates.

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