Sexual Advances Sparked Saudi Stabbing, Says Suspect

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An Egyptian man claims “gay panic” led him to stab his flatmate to death last week.

British national Stephen John Havering’s body was found in the Saudi Arabian apartment he shared with 26-year old Muhammad Mukhlis Shamsuddin. Both men reportedly work for an investment company, Shoaibi Group, a job that had Havering traveling regularly from his home in Bahrain to Saudi Arabia. His wife and children lived in The Netherlands and were expected to move to Bahrain in the near future.

Shamsuddin admitted to the stabbing, but claims he was simply defending himself from Havering’s sexual advances. It’s now up to a coroner to confirm or deny such a struggle.