Life For Bath Street Killer

Life For Bath Street Killer

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 11:16am 12th May 2016. (Updated at 1:51pm 12th May 2016)

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of Abdal Rahman Al-Rabia in Weymouth.


A man has been jailed for life for the murder of Abdal Rahman Al-Rabia in Weymouth.

Nicholas Price, 43 and of Weymouth, was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court today, Thursday 12 May 2016, after being convicted on Monday following an eight-day trial. He was also found guilty of the attempted murder of a second man.

Price was told he would have to serve a minimum of 20 years before he would be considered for parole.

The court heard that on Saturday 7 November 2015 Price met up with 23-year-old Abdal, who lived in London and was originally from Jordan, and two of the victim's friends aged 20 and 16 and invited them to his flat on Bath Street.

The jury was told that Abdal had travelled to Dorset to deal class A drugs, including crack cocaine and heroin, and he was using the property that night as a base.

Abdal and his two friends intended to return to London that evening, but missed their train so Price offered to let the three of them stay over in his flat, the court was told.

The atmosphere had been good-natured and at some point Abdal had gone to buy them all food.

Over the course of the evening Abdal and his two male friends had fallen asleep on the living room sofa.

They were woken when Price began shouting 'you're police' at Adbal's 20-year-old friend. Price then hit the friend in the face and head with a hammer and a knife.

Abdal tried to calm Price down, but was fatally stabbed once in the chest.

The 20-year-old man sustained serious injuries and was taken to Dorset County Hospital for treatment.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Mark Samuel, of Dorset Police's Major Crime Investigation Team, said: "This was a violent attack resulting in a tragic and avoidable death and our thoughts today are with Abdal's family.

"I hope the sentence handed out today brings some small comfort to them at this distressing time.

"I would like to pay tribute to the members of public who helped to administer first aid and look after them despite the traumatic scenes they were faced with.

"I would also like to recognise the dedication and commitment shown by the investigating team from MCIT, local police officers who performed first aid on the victims and the prosecuting counsel and the CPS during this difficult case.

"Drug dealing and misuse was at the centre of this case and sadly a young man lost his life as a result of this illegal trade.

Dorset Police will not tolerate drug dealing in its community and we would encourage anyone with information about such activity to call us on 101 so we can take action."

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