A Saudi celebrity cleric who allegedly raped and murdered his five-year-old daughter has claimed he injured her because he doubted she was a virgin.

Lama al-Ghamdi died in October having suffered multiple injuries including a crushed skull, severe burns, broken ribs and fractured left arm as well as extensive bruising.

Fayhan al-Ghamdi admitted using a cane and cables to inflict the horrific injuries after doubting his daughter’s virginity, according to the campaign group Women to Drive.

After the case attracted international attention, members of the Saudi Arabia’s Royal Family are now believed to have blocked al-Ghamdi’s release and ensured that a stronger sentence is upheld.

Women to Drive said the preacher, a regular guest on Muslim television networks, had his daughter checked up by a medic after doubting her virginity.

It has been alleged that she was repeatedly raped and had been burned to cover up the injuries she had sustained from the horrific sexual abuse.

Yesterday Sayeda Hamadari, the girl’s mother, who is divorced from the cleric, said she wanted her ex-husband to be put to death, reported The Times.

‘I want him killed. I want the full Islamic punishment. This is God’s law,’ she said yesterday.

‘I am in constant pain when I think of what he did to my daughter. I cannot bear to think of it. I have been reading the Koran to seek some comfort. Only God knows what I am going through.’

She is divorced from al-Ghamdi who remarried and has two more children, and claims the torture happened whilst Lama was in her father’s care in March last year.

It was previously reported that Fayhan al-Ghamdi had been released after paying ‘blood money’ to  Lama’s mother.

Albawaba News reported the judge as saying: ‘Blood money and the time the defendant had served in prison since Lama’s death suffices as punishment.’ READ MORE