Man, 23, appears in court charged with murdering Omani student, 20

Alleged murderer, 22, ‘stabbed Omani sheikh’s 20-year-old son outside Harrods for his £120,000 Rolex watch’

  • Badir Rahim Alnazi, 23, is charged with murder and attempted robbery 
  • 23-year-old of no fixed abode is also charged with possession of a blade 
  • Mohamed Abdullah Al Araimi, 20, killed in London on December 5, 2019
  • Alnazi arrested on Wednesday after handing himself into a police station

A 23-year-old man appeared in court today accused of murdering an Omani student who was stabbed to death for his £120,000 Rolex watch near Harrods.

Badir Rahim Alnazi was also charged with attempted robbery and possession of a blade after Mohamed Abdullah Al Araimi, 20, was killed last month.

Alnazi appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today over the attack near the luxury department store in London‘s Knightsbridge.   

He spoke only to confirm his name, address and gave his nationality as Kuwaiti. 

Mohammed Abdullah Al Araimi, 20, a King’s College politics and economics student, was knifed to death on December 5, 2019 as he made his way home from a meal out with friends

Scotland Yard is still looking for a second suspect, pictured right, wearing a green jacket and a cap in connection with Mr Al Araimi's murder last month

Scotland Yard is still looking for a second suspect, pictured right, wearing a green jacket and a cap in connection with Mr Al Araimi’s murder last month

He was arrested on Wednesday after handing himself into a police station. Police are still looking for a second suspect, who was wearing a green jacket and cap.

A reward of £20,000 was offered by Scotland Yard on Tuesday for information leading to the killers’ arrest and prosecution. 

Police have stated the value of the Rolex was between £45,000 and £120,000.   

The victim, a King’s College politics and economics student, was knifed to death on December 5, 2019 as he made his way home from a meal out with friends.

Mr Al Araimi, who was said to have lived in the UK for three years, was found unconscious after the attack at 11.55pm, and pronounced dead at 0.39am.

The victim’s family, said to be close Oman’s ruling dynasty, have spoken of their grief and his brother, Raid Al Araimi, said: ‘As a family we are all grieving at the loss of Mohammed. He only went out for a meal with a friend and never came home.

‘If anyone knows who is responsible, or believes they know, please do the right thing and tell the police. We would not want another family to suffer like we are suffering.’

In a statement following his death, his brother Salem Abdullah Al Araimi said: ‘Our hearts are eternally broken.’

A tent stands outside Harrods in London's Knightsbridge where the body of the man was found on December 6. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a stab wound

A tent stands outside Harrods in London’s Knightsbridge where the body of the man was found on December 6. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a stab wound

On the night of his murder, Mr Al Araimi left a restaurant with a friend on Pavilion Road in Knightsbridge. He was attacked on Basil Street and collapsed and died on Hans Crescent

On the night of his murder, Mr Al Araimi left a restaurant with a friend on Pavilion Road in Knightsbridge. He was attacked on Basil Street and collapsed and died on Hans Crescent 

The scene of the death of Omani student Mohamed Abdullah Al Araimi in Knightsbridge

The scene of the death of Omani student Mohamed Abdullah Al Araimi in Knightsbridge

And a friend of the victim said last month: ‘This is a truly awful, shocking crime to happen in the middle of London in front of such a famous department store.’

Earlier this week police released CCTV footage of two men they wanted to identify who were seen walking together in Knightsbridge early on December 6.

Mr Al Araimi had been out for a meal with a friend at a restaurant on Pavilion Road, before leaving and walking along Basil Street, heading towards Sloane Street.

A post-mortem examination took place at Westminster Mortuary on December 6 and gave the cause of death as a stab wound.  

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge, who is leading the investigation, said the attack and robbery was ‘truly shocking and extremely violent’.

Alnazi, of Barnet, is charged with murder, attempted robbery and possession of a bladed article.

He was remanded in custody by Deputy District Judge Kevin Gladwell and will next appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday 14 January.