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Jailed killer Saudi prince to pay prosecution costs

Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud (l) with his servant Bandar Abdulaziz (r)
Image caption The prince killed Mr Abdulaziz after a night out

A "sadistic" Saudi prince who murdered his manservant has been ordered to pay tens of thousands of pounds in prosecution costs.

Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, 34, was jailed for 20 years at the Old Bailey for killing Bandar Abdulaziz in London's Landmark Hotel.

Now he has been ordered to pay the prosecution's £63,763 bill.

On top of the fees for two QCs who defended him, the prince's legal fees are likely to be more than £100,000.

The prince admitted he had assaulted Mr Abdulaziz but denied murder.

The court heart the killing had a "sexual element".

Police found 30,000 euros in cash belonging to the prince in a safe at the hotel where he and his victim were staying.

Officers also found a £24,000 Cartier watch studded with diamonds.

The defence did not oppose the prosecution's application for costs.

It must be paid by 17 January.

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