Riyadh, Aug 8 :
A man in Saudi Arabia has been beheaded on the court’s orders for sexually assaulting and murdering two Asian housemaids in a sea port, a media report said here Friday.
Awdah Salem, a Yemen national, was also found guilty of pouring acid onto the body of one of the victims and hiding the remains of both women at different locations. He was beheaded Thursday, Arab News reported.
He confessed to having persuaded one of the two maids to run away with him during Ramadan after which he killed her and threw the body into an abandoned well in Yanbu sea port in 2007.
A year later Salem lured another maid to elope with him to a deserted place. After having sex with her, he hit her on the head with a rock and buried the body on a beach in the Yanbu in 2008.
Police managed to track down the killer following months of investigation.
A statement issued by the Saudi interior ministry confirmed Thursday that the general court issued the verdict based on the extensive charges, described as “evil, gruesome, and inhumane”.
“The court sentenced him to death as a deterrent for others and higher authorities have endorsed execution of the sentence, while the appeal court and the supreme court had earlier endorsed the punishment.”