Sammy Almahri who strangled his victim in a hotel room in Cardiff was sentenced at the Crown Court today to life imprisonment.
British national Nadine Aburas met New York businessman Sammy Almahri on a dating website, before meeting in person. After killing her Almahri fled to Tanzania where he was arrested and later extradited back to the UK.
David Wooler, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Cymru-Wales, said:
“Nadine Aburas was a popular and caring young woman with a bright future to look forward to. Sammy Almahri’s callous and brutal actions took that future away from her and left her family dealing with the immense distress that resulted from her loss.
“Having taken Nadine’s life, Almahri immediately sought to avoid responsibility for his actions by fleeing the country. Thanks to a swift and professional multi-agency response he was quickly brought back to Wales, where he has now been made to face up to what he did.
“Today’s sentencing marks the conclusion of the criminal justice process, but we are acutely aware that the process of dealing with Nadine’s loss continues for those close to her. I would like to thank them for their bravery and dignity throughout the investigation and prosecution of this case.”
Sammy Almahri was today sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of 17 years. He was charged with murder and initially entered a not guilty plea. His trial started at Cardiff Crown Court on Wednesday 19 October 2016 and the day after, on Thursday 20 October 2016, Almahri changed his plea to guilty.