Yr helfa ryngwladol am Americanwr ar ôl i gorff ei gariad gael ei ddarganfod mewn gwesty yng Nghaerdydd. The manhunt for a American after his girlfriend was found dead at a Card...
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-Every criminal case is a distinct
-challenge for the detective.
-Discovering the truth,
-takes patience and curiosity.
-..I'm researching the international
-hunt for an American...
-..after his girlfriend's body
-was found at a Cardiff hotel.
-We knew that he would be landing
-in Qatar in 38 minutes.
-South Wales Police relate their
-efforts to speak to him by phone.
-I will talk to the girl's family
-in Cardiff about their loss.
-It's a sentence that I feel...
-..I'm going to have to live
-through each and every day.
-Cardiff Bay, December 2014.
-were getting ready...
-..to congregate in the city
-on New Year's Eve.
-..a sinister case had landed on the
-desks of South Wales detectives.
-The manager of the Future Inns hotel
-had made an astonishing discovery.
-He'd entered Room 203,
-and inside the room...
-..he found a woman's body
-lying in the bed.
-At the bedside,
-there was a note...
-..which made him think
-that she'd killed herself.
-So, he called the police.
-This footage was filmed
-by the forensic team...
-..after they were called
-to the hotel.
-At first glance, the circumstances
-of the death were unclear.
-The room itself
-was an ordinary hotel room.
-As you walked in,
-there was a bathroom on one side...
-..and inside the bathroom, there
-were wet towels on the floor.
-As you walked into the room
-..there were empty bottles
-of alcohol on the side.
-In the bed, was the body of a woman.
-All you could see was her head.
-The bedclothes had been pulled up
-to her nose.
-Near the bed, a note had been left
-containing the words...
-.."Sorry we came to an end.
-I love you."
-When I first looked at her,
-I couldn't see any injuries.
-When the bedclothes were removed
-from her body...
-..it looked as if
-she had been placed in the bed.
-When we examined her face and neck,
-we found red marks...
-..on her cheek and on her neck.
-It was clear to us
-that something was wrong...
-..and that something else
-had happened in that room.
-In the bag, there were bank cards.
-These confirmed that the body
-in the bed was Nadine Aburas.
-She lived fewer than 100 metres from
-the hotel in a flat in Cardiff Bay.
-Her family lived about a mile away.
-Detectives went to their home
-to break the news.
-The feeling was indescribable.
-It was horrible.
-It was like I wasn't even there
-That part of me had gone
-Nadine Aburas was 28 years old.
-They were a very close family.
-He said that she'd gone.
-I said, "That's it. He's done it."
-The mother immediately suspected
-that Nadine's boyfriend...
-..was responsible for her death.
-A man named Sammy Almahri.
-The hotel confirmed...
-..that Room 203
-had been booked in his name.
-At the time,
-we didn't know much about him.
-We knew that he was American...
-..but we didn't know much more
-He was 45 years old
-and lived in New York.
-But any other information about him
-He purported to be in the FBI
-to Nadine's family.
-A successful businessman.
-There were lots of different
-The truth was he lived in a basement
-flat in New York.
-He worked either in a grocer's shop
-or as a limo driver.
-The couple met online in 2012
-on a website called MuslimMatch.com
-They started a relationship.
-In 2013, he came here to Cardiff
-to visit Nadine...
-..and during the summer of 2014,
-Nadine went to New York to meet him.
-But, after returning from New York,
-Nadine contacted the police.
-She said that
-she had been raped there.
-He brutally attacked her
-and violated her.
-He photographed her
-in various forms...
-..and states of undress.
-She suffered a horrific time...
-..which she tried to keep from us
-when she returned.
-He had threatened to share the
-pictures of her on the Internet.
-At the time, Nadine didn't take
-her complaint any further.
-But now, this evidence was valuable
-to the detectives.
-The marker on our records
-..that he may have been someone
-who was violent towards her...
-..and that's when it became
-a murder investigation.
-A post-mortem examination
-..that there were 17 marks
-and bruises on Nadine's body.
-The evidence on her neck showed
-that she had been strangled.
-But there was no sign
-of Sammy Almahri.
-Detectives were now racing to gather
-evidence of all his movements.
-They discovered that he'd arrived
-in London on December 27...
-..and had met Nadine there and
-travelled to Cardiff the next day.
-The CCTV pictures showed the couple
-arriving at Nadine's flat.
-On December 30, Sammy Almahri
-quarrelled with her brothers.
-They asked him to leave Cardiff and
-escorted him to the railway station.
-But he never got on the train.
-He bought a bottle of gin,
-took a taxi back to Cardiff Bay...
-..and booked a room
-at the Future Inns.
-He phoned Nadine from the hotel...
-..and said that he had left
-his passport in her flat.
-At nine o'clock that night...
-..CCTV cameras show Nadine
-arriving at the hotel...
-..before going to his room.
-We know from the CCTV footage and
-from people working at the hotel...
-..that the couple had left
-and gone to City Road for a meal.
-They went to a restaurant
-where Nadine used to work.
-We know that they were arguing
-in the restaurant on City Road.
-At eleven o'clock,
-they arrived back at the hotel.
-These are the last images
-of Nadine Aburas alive.
-Just after midnight, Almahri left
-and went to the Grosvenor casino.
-He registered at reception, before
-going to the bar to drink tequila.
-Then he returned to the hotel...
-..and ordered two bottles of beer
-to take to his room.
-At three in the morning,
-Almahri left the hotel...
-..after asking for directions
-to the M4.
-He drove to Heathrow
-in Nadine's car.
-He parked the car in Terminal 5.
-But, by the time detectives
-received this evidence...
-..it was too late.
-Sammy Almahri was on a plane
-To be honest, there was
-something of a panic...
-..because we knew that
-within 38 minutes...
-..he would be landing in Qatar.
-You have to remember
-that it was New Year's Eve...
-..and he was arriving
-in a totally different country.
-We needed an international arrest
-warrant, we needed Interpol.
-All things that take time
-on a normal day...
-..but on New Year's Eve,
-He landed without being arrested.
-He had managed to escape.
-That's when I hit rock bottom.
-I thought, "That's it, he's gone,
-he's got away with it.
-"He's left the country.
-He's murdered my daughter.
-"That's it, it's the end."
-We wanted justice for Nadine...
-..and we needed to know that this
-person couldn't hurt anybody else.
-He caught another flight
-to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.
-From there, there was a risk
-that he could disappear altogether.
-To know where your suspect is,
-to know where they're going...
-..and to be able
-to do nothing about it...
-..is probably one of the most
-frustrating periods I've ever had.
-The police now suspected
-that Almahri was in Tanzania.
-It was a race to catch him,
-before he disappeared again.
-New Year's Day, 2015.
-It wasn't a good start to the year
-for South Wales Police detectives.
-The day after the body
-of Nadine Aburas was found...
-..at a hotel in Cardiff...
-..the man suspected of her murder
-had escaped to Africa.
-Detectives turned to the media
-and made a public appeal...
-..entreating him to give himself up.
-..I am asking you,
-as Nadine's mother...
-..please hand yourself in
-to the authorities...
-..and please help us
-find the answers that we need...
-..so we can let Nadine
-rest in peace.
-But there was a ray of hope.
-He had taken Nadine's phone
-Fortunately for us, he was still
-using Nadine's mobile phone.
-Because of this, we were aware
-of his general location...
-..and so we could focus...
-..on where the mobile phone
-was being used.
-The data from the phone
-and from the use of his bank card...
-..confirmed that he was still
-Detective Gareth Morgan decided
-to telephone him.
-He alleged that Nadine was still
-alive when he left the hotel.
-He also said that he'd helped her...
-..to try and strangle herself
-with a belt.
-He was very erratic
-in those conversations.
-It was very difficult to understand
-whether he was intoxicated.
-He was certainly irrational.
-It was clear to me
-that he was lying.
-But the detectives knew
-that Almahri was in Tanzania.
-On January 2,
-Sammy Almahri phoned them back.
-This time, he had company.
-I think Sammy Almahri played a game
-from the start.
-Negotiation showed that.
-There were times
-..when he had other women
-on the line and in the background.
-He made threats
-to kill other people.
-He teased and taunted me, really.
-He contacted the family
-several times too.
-He'd call us using Nadine's phone.
-He didn't even bother
-having that respect.
-He'd call us from a nightclub
-and leave a voicemail.
-We could hear music.
-It was so horrible.
-It was a horrible experience.
-It was as though murdering my sister
-wasn't enough for him.
-He had to torment us further.
-Almahri had left his own phone
-at Nadine's flat.
-The detectives sent it
-for forensic examination.
-I went to meet the digital experts
-..who were asked to work
-on the case.
-They explained to me how they
-take phones apart and restore data.
-The first thing we do is to strip it
-down like this.
-Then we take it down to the circuit
-board and expose the chips.
-We would take off this chip
-and it would look like this then.
-May I pick it up?
-This little card can hold
-a lot of information.
-We can retrieve things
-such as text messages, calls...
-..web history and photos.
-We can also retrieve deleted data.
-On Almahri's phone, there was
-special software called spyware.
-He could read
-and watch everything...
-..on Nadine's phone from his phone.
-You can read SMS messages,
-you can look at photos, videos...
-..the handset's location data
-and things like that.
-Also on Almahri's phone, were
-threatening texts and messages.
-We knew that Sammy Almahri
-was a jealous and possessive man...
-..and that he liked
-to control Nadine.
-We obtained evidence
-from his phone...
-..a message that he'd originally
-left threatening her.
-were excellent evidence...
-..in showing the motive
-for this crime.
-South Wales detectives
-travelled to Tanzania...
-..to help police there
-search for him.
-They followed the movements
-of Nadine's phone...
-..around the country
-trying to catch him.
-Information from the phone
-led the police to a rural area...
-..about ten hours
-from Dar es Salaam.
-There, on January 19,
-local police found him on a farm...
-..near the town of Iringa.
-He was arrested and held in custody.
-Two months later, he was transported
-from Tanzania to Wales.
-I think it was a major coup
-to capture Sammy Almahri...
-..as quickly as we did,
-given the circumstances.
-We brought him back.
-We extradited him from Tanzania.
-This had never been done
-between the two countries.
-The speed and efficiency with which
-that was done was remarkable.
-We were so happy and relieved that
-he didn't get to torment us anymore.
-And that he had to deal with
-the consequences as he should.
-At Cardiff Crown Court,
-in October 2016...
-..Sammy Almahri confessed
-..but denied murdering Nadine.
-He said that he suffered
-from a mental illness...
-..and that he'd killed her
-after hearing voices in his head.
-He said that it was
-the voice of God.
-But, unexpectedly, on the second day
-of the trial, he changed his mind.
-He pleaded guilty to murder.
-On November 3, the judge sentenced
-him to life imprisonment.
-He will serve a minimum
-of seventeen years in prison.
-The family were disappointed
-not to get a full trial.
-They wanted the world
-to know the truth...
-..about what the American had done.
-I have anger. I have sadness.
-I have deep feelings...
-..that a mother should never
-have to feel.
-When a child is taken
-so violently from her...
-..it's a sentence that I feel...
-..I'm going to have to live through
-each and every day.
-Nadine Aburas was studying Art
-She'd hoped to take up a career
-as a designer.
-Her family treasure the memories
-they have of her.
-I want people to remember that she
-was really witty and stubborn.
-She was smart and she had
-all of these talents...
-..and I wish people
-could have witnessed that.
-I don't want her memory
-to be defined by his actions...
-..because she was more than her end.
-She was more than the tragedy
-that caused her end.
-She was a woman of great kindness
-She was somebody that you would be
-honoured to be in her presence.
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Yr helfa ryngwladol am Americanwr ar ôl i gorff ei gariad gael ei ddarganfod mewn gwesty yng Nghaerdydd. The manhunt for a American after his girlfriend was found dead at a Cardiff hotel.