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Lauren mum 'a step closer to justice' as killer faces death penalty

Lauren Patterson was working as a teacher in Doha

A man found guilty of killing a young teacher from Kent in Qatar has had an appeal against his death sentence rejected.

It should mark the end of a four year legal battle for the family of Lauren Patterson, after she was found dead after a night out in Doha in 2013.

Burnt remains of the 24-year-old from West Malling were found in a desert pit- a knife still lodged in her ribcage.

Today the death penalty has been upheld on the killer Badr Hashim Khamis Abdallah al-Jabr

Alison Patterson has fought a long campaign for justice

Lauren's mother Alison Patterson has fought a long campaign to get justice for her daughter, involving dozens of journeys to the Middle East.

In March 2015 al-Jabr was sentenced to death for the murder, but in February 2016 the country’s court of appeal ordered a re-trial.

It meant a prolonged and painful court ordeal for Alison, who today posted on the Facebook page'Justice for Lauren':

Back from Court and thankfully Justice has prevailed for Lauren Patterson the judges have upheld the original Death sentence. It will now go to the court of cassation within 60 days as they have the right to appeal.

Due to the thoroughness of the judicial system here the likelihood of another appeal is highly unlikely (praying that is the case)

Thank you to everyone for all your amazing support without all of you I don't know how I would have got this far.

Love to everyone.

– Alison Patterson

Miss Patterson, from Leybourne Chase, was teaching at a primary school in the capital Doha when she disappeared on a night out.