Saudi female student got stabbed 16 times in Essex


imageRelatives console the father of Nahid Almanea during her funeral in Al-Jouf on Saturday. — Okaz photo by Abdulaziz Al-Mushaiti
Saudi Gazette report

AL-JOUF – Thousands of people attended the funeral of Nahid Almanea, the Saudi female student who was murdered in Colchester last Tuesday.

Her body arrived here early Saturday morning and was later laid to rest.

Meanwhile, the police released a teenager who was arrested in connection with Almanea’s murder, reported the British media.

Almanea, a 31-year-old student at the University of Essex, was found fatally injured on a path near Avon Way on Tuesday. She had been stabbed 16 times in broad daylight and died at the scene from injuries to her head and body.

A 19-year-old man from Colchester was arrested on Friday afternoon over the death and questioned about an attack on a woman jogging nearby. Essex Police said he would face no further action in relation to either case.

Another man, aged 52, who was initially arrested in connection with the death has also been “positively eliminated” from inquiries, the media said.


CCTV footage showing Almanea’s last movements as she headed for the footpath on Tuesday morning has been released along with a map of her likely route from her home in nearby Woodrow Way, where she lived with her brother, to the Salary Brook trail, and a photograph of the bag she was carrying.

Police have called for calm in the wake of the stabbing as the possibility that she was targeted because of her traditional Saudi dress provoked fears of revenge attacks.

Almanea was wearing a hijab and a full-length navy blue robe, called an abaya, when she was knifed to death.

She arrived in Britain several months ago with her younger brother to study for her PhD in life sciences at the university.

More than 200 Saudi nationals study at the University of Essex, according to students.

The Student Union has its own Saudi society to help members with “culture shock” and to promote the country’s culture, according to its website.

Officers there were similarities between Almanea’s death and the murder of James Attfield, a vulnerable man with brain damage who died after being stabbed more than 100 times in a park in Colchester on March 29.


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