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The mother of Lauren Patterson, the British primary school teacher murdered in Qatar, has issued a statement following the sentencing of two men this morning.
Although one of the accused has been sentenced to death for the killing, Alison Patterson said the three year sentence handed to his accomplice was too lenient.
The lawyer for the family of murdered British teacher Lauren Patterson is to appeal the sentence handed down to her murderer's accomplice, according to local media in Qatar.
Badr Hashim Khamis Abdallah al-Jabr was convicted of the killing and sentenced to death.
His friend, Mohamed Abdallah Hassan Abdul Aziz, was jailed for three years for trying to conceal evidence of Patterson's murder.
The Pattersons' lawyer, Abu Skeikha, called the verdicts "partially satisfactory" and said he would seek a longer custodial sentence for Aziz.
The mother of murdered British teacher Lauren Patterson wept in court as her killer was sentenced to death today, local media report.
Alison Patterson was said to have dropped her head and let out a sob as she heard the verdict.
She did not issue a statement but there is expected to be one later today.
The murder of British teacher Lauren Patterson was 'heinous, foreign and shocking to a society as conservative as Qatar’s', according to the prosecutor in the case.
A Qatari man, Badr Hashem Khamis Abdallah, has been sentenced to death, with an accomplice jailed for three years in connection with the death, according to local media.
During the trial the defence team claimed that Patterson's death was an accident and that both men were forced into confessing to the crime.
A Qatari man has been sentenced to death by a court in Doha for the murder of a British expat teacher, according to local media.
Lauren Patterson's remains were found after she was last seen leaving a local nightclub last October.
Another man has been jailed for three years in connection with her death.