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CA cuts sentence of Andrea Bayr’s killer to 10 years

07 May 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao

Andrea Bayr was savagely killed by her Pakistani boyfriend with an electric drill

The Court of Appeal has replaced the life sentence of the Pakistani guard who killed Austrian-Filipina Andrea Bayr with 10 years imprisonment, after downgrading the charge from murder to manslaughter.

The court made up of Justices Andrew Macrae, Ian McWalters and Derek Pang accepted the defense submission that Safdar Husnain killed his 25-year-old girlfriend in a drug-fueled psychotic rage.

Husnain, 30, used an electric drill to kill Bayr on Mar 29, 2016 in a construction site in Tuen Mun.

The justices accepted a second report from a government psychiatrist that affirmed Husnain’s insanity when he killed Bayr. 


Husnain, through his lawyer David Boyton, mounted the appeal in November last year, arguing that High Court judge Kevin Zervos was wrong in ignoring the psychiatrist’s report.

Judge Zervos sentenced Husnain to life on Jan 31, 2018 after a jury voting 6-1, found the Pakistani guilty of murder.

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“This is a brutal and horrific killing. She had several wounds. She had a drill bit protruding from a wound in her face,” said Zervos before meting out the sentence.

The judge said it was the jury that rejected the defense case that the killing was unintentional and relied instead on the testimony of prosecution witness Haresh Khan, a friend of Husnain; and on a separate report by forensic expert Dr Lam Chi-chung.

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