Housemaid serial killer to be crucified in Saudi Arabia

A Saudi court has ordered the crucifixion of a man convicted of raping three Asian housemaids before murdering them in the Gulf Kingdom.

The court in the western port of Yanbu cancelled a previous verdict to behead the defendant, identified only as Awdah, and sentenced him to crucifixion on charges of murder, rape and adultery.

“The court ordered the implementation of the sentence as soon as possible to serve as a deterrent to others,” Sharq Arabic language newspaper said, adding that the defendant objected to the verdict and decided to appeal.

Awdah was arrested more than two years ago after confessing to murdering the three maids and dismembering them before dumping their bodies in remote areas. He was also jailed before the murders were discovered on charges of beating up his wife and children.

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