Man jailed for life in Hong Kong for killing Briton

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A man who brutally murdered the British aunt of his ex-wife and hid her body under a sofa has been sentenced to life in prison by a Hong Kong court.

Ahmed Fareed "was convicted of murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment," a judiciary spokeswoman told AFP.

Fareed was sentenced at the southern Chinese city's high court on Thursday.

He was arrested in Hong Kong in March 2011, just days after 64-year-old Briton Janet Gilson went missing.

She had been staying with her niece on Lamma Island, which lies a short ferry ride from Hong Kong's glittering downtown and is a favourite with ex-pats.

Police found the retired Salvation Army worker from Essex under a sofa at her niece's home, the South China Morning Post reported.

The court heard that she had been suffocated after being strangled with a rope and had a towel stuffed into her mouth. She also had four of her ribs broken in what judge Michael Stuart-Moore called an "ultimate crime".

"Words fail to describe the whole horror," Stuart-Moore said Thursday at court as he delivered the sentence, the Post reported.

"This was a most brutal killing of a woman... who had done no harm to the defendant," he said, adding that Fareed is "highly dangerous".

Gilson was on vacation to visit her niece Julia, who is divorced from Fareed.

According to the SCMP, Fareed had been barred by a court order from entering Julia's home at the time of the murder.

"I miss [my aunt] greatly and will never forget the ultimate sacrifice that was put upon her, allowing myself and my daughter to live our lives without fear of my ex-husband," Julia said according to the SCMP.

© 2013 AFP

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