Paranoid’ man ‘stabbed Sheikh’s son for £34k watch in shadow of Harrods’

Badir Rahim Alnazi, 24, allegedly murdered Mohammed Al-Araimi, 20, in London’s Knightsbridge in December 2019 – he had been carrying a knife due to “paranoia”, a court heard

A man accused of stabbing a sheikh’s son to death outside Harrods for his £34,000 watch carried a knife due to “paranoia”, a court heard.

Badir Rahim Alnazi, 24, and Arseboon Dilbaro, 23, allegedly knifed Mohammed Al-Araimi, 20 and his friend Nasser Kanoo, 21, after the pair left the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge.

Mr Al-Araimi, the son of an Omani business tycoon, was stabbed to the left side of the front upper chest on December 5 2019.

He collapsed under a Christmas tree next to Harrods and died from his injuries just 40 minutes later, Inner London Crown Court has heard.

Mr Kanoo, who studied at King’s College London with Mr Al-Araimi, was knifed to the left side of his back, just above the hip.

He received hospital treatment and gave evidence during the trial.

Mr Al-Araimi was wearing a Patek Phillipe watch worth £34,460 when he was stabbed while his friend’s timepiece was a Rolex worth £7,150 but the muggers fled empty-handed, jurors have heard.

Kuwaiti Alnazi has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and possession of an offensive weapon but denies murder.

Mr Paul Keleher, defending Dilbaro, said that Mr Alnazi suffers from mental health problems such as “periodic depression”, “paranoia” and he “hears voices sometimes”.

He said in his closing speech: “Mr Alnazi is clearly a very disturbed young man…his symptoms led to a complete breakdown.”

Alnazi became ill in prison and was prescribed strong drugs for his mental health problems, the court heard.

Mr Keleher said Alnazi’s symptoms began before he was arrested but became more acute once he was behind bars.

Mr Keleher disputes Alnazi’s defence that he “acted calmly and rationally” and “stabbed Al-Araimi completely by accident”.

Alnazi told the court he was holding the knife in his hand but turned his hand around to direct it away from the victim.

At one point, Alnazi became tearful while giving evidence but Mr Keleher claims they were “crocodile tears about how bad he felt for Al-Araimi’s family”.

German national Dilbaro denies he was armed and told the jury he had no idea what Alnazi was planning.

Mr Keleher said the two men were not looking for victims to rob.

He said Mr Al-Arimi and Mr Kanoo were not suitable victims as they are “two young, fit looking’ men who were not “visible rich” as their expensive watches were “hidden and out of site”.

Since his arrest Alnazi has attacked his cellmate in prison because ‘he thought he had a problem with him’.

He punched a prison officer for the same reason, and also attacked Dilbaro while in prison for ‘not backing up his full story’, said Mr Keleher.

Dilbaro also recalled an encounter in HMP Wandsworth, following their arrest when Alnazi allegedly told him: ‘If you snitch I’m going to kill you. You’re the one that killed Al-Araimi.’

Mr Keleher said: ‘Alnazi attacked Al-Araimi because he thought he had a problem with him.’

After the incident, Dilbaro bought a ticket to Cairo as he was scared of being arrested and scared of Alnazi.

Mr Keleher said that although this was ‘not his finest hour’, this action is equally as consistent with ‘scared’ young man as a ‘guilty man’.

Mr Al-Araimi was a politics and economics student at Kings College London.

His father Sheikh Abdalla Al-Araimi owns the Al Raid Group, a group of companies that develop shopping malls and leisure centres in Oman.

Alnazi, of Beaconsfield Road, Brent, and Dilbaro, of Green Avenue, Mill Hill, denies murder, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and attempted robbery.

Alnazi alone has admitted manslaughter and possession of an offensive weapon.

The trial continues.