02.Dec.2002 Safra, Edmond Nurse,m, jailed for billionaire's death
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"to win greater respect"
An American male nurse has been sentenced to
10 years in prison
by a court in
for starting a fire
which killed the billionaire banker,
was working for
Safra in 1999,
when fire engulfed the banker's luxury apartment in
Safra suffocated in his bathroom
had confessed to starting the fire,
but his lawyers argued that
he had never meant to kill his employer,
who suffocated to death
along with nurse
taking refuge in a bathroom.
said in his confession that
he had started the blaze at Safra's
heavily fortified penthouse
in a failed attempt to prove himself a hero and
win greater respect from the billionaire.
he had raised the alarm and
stabbed himself with a knife
to make it look as if
a gang had attacked
Describing the deaths as
a "terrible accident",
that he had started
in a wastepaper basket,
then called emergency services.
The building was heavily secured against intruders
"Stupidity is reprehensible,
but it is not a crime , ( " )
one of his defence lawyers,
said in her closing arguments.
the prosecution said that
Maher, a former Green Beret,
had delayed rescue efforts
a story about intruders.
"He directly caused the deaths of
Mrs Torrente and Mr Safra,"
said head prosecutor
"He trapped the victims."
was founder and principal stock owner of the
Republic National Bank of New York
He was one of the world's richest men
at the time of his death.
Safra had Parkinson's disease and required constant care.
Safra's widow, Lily,
is one of the richest women
Prince , Charles
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