Dorset

Weymouth flat stabbing: Nicholas Price guilty of murder

Nicholas Price Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Hampshire Constabulary said Price invited the men to his flat

A man has been convicted of the murder of a 23-year-old he invited to stay at his flat.

Nicholas Price, 43, was found guilty on Monday of stabbing Abdal Rahman Al-Rabia at his home in Bath Street, Weymouth, on 7 November 2015.

He was also convicted of the attempted murder of a second man staying at the flat.

Price is due to be sentenced at Winchester Crown Court on Thursday.

Hampshire Constabulary said Price invited Mr Abdal, from London and originally from Jordan, to his flat along with two of his friends, aged 20 and 16.

Price offered to let them stay when they missed a train back to London.

After falling asleep on a sofa, they were woken by Price shouting "you're police" at the 20-year-old man, who he hit in the face with a hammer and a knife.

Mr Abdal, who tried to calm Price down, was fatally stabbed in the chest. The 20-year-old was seriously injured.

Det Insp Mark Samuel, of Dorset Police's Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT), said: "This was a violent attack resulting in a tragic and avoidable death and our thoughts are with Abdal's family at this traumatic time.

"I would like to recognise the dedication and commitment shown by the investigating team from MCIT, the prosecuting counsel and the CPS during this difficult case."

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