Friend of Chislehurst teacher Lauren Patterson reveals 'regret' over teacher's death
PUBLISHED: 11:06 21 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:08 21 October 2013
The last person to see Chislehurst teacher Lauren Patterson alive has revealed her "regret" after the pair got into a car with two men suspected of murder.
Lea Monet told the Daily Mail on Saturday how she had spent the evening drinking with 24-year-old Lauren, in Doha, before both agreed to a lift home with men they knew and had been drinking with.
The beautician, 22, was dropped off first and Lauren was later reported missing, before her remains were reportedly discovered by a falconer in the Qatari desert.
“Lauren and I wanted to go home and went to get a taxi but one of the men, a tall black man, was being overly friendly and kept trying to put his arm around Lauren,” Lea said.
“Qatar is a very conservative country and I started shouting at him to stop it. We started walking away to a taxi but he called to us, ‘why don’t you get in my car and I’ll give you a lift home?”
Lea says the pair agreed, and Lauren was left on her own when she left the car.
She added: “Lauren said she would be fine and the three of them drove off.
“It is a decision I will regret for the rest of my life.”
Two men were arrested last week on suspicion of murder in Qatar. It is reported that Lauren’s body was too badly burnt to be identified, meaning a DNA test will be used to confirm her identity.
Lauren’s mother, Alison, is believed to have made the trip to Doha while the murder investigation continues.