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'Double life' of accused killer
Fadi Nasri and Nisha Patel-Nasri on their wedding day
Fadi Nasri was having an affair with a Lithuanian prostitute
The husband of a murdered special constable was having an affair with a prostitute and living a "double life", the Old Bailey has been told.

Fadi Nasri, 34, had a "number of motives" for the murder which he is accused of organising, jurors heard.

Nisha Patel-Nasri was stabbed to death at her home in Sudbury Avenue, Wembley, north London, in May 2006.

Mr Nasri, of Barnet, north London, denies murder along with three other men from London.

Mrs Patel-Nasri, 29, had been a special constable for three-and-a-half years.

Rodger Leslie, 38, of Barnet, north London; Tony Emmanuel, 42, of East Ham, east London; and Jason Jones, 36, of Manor Park, south-east London; are all accused of being involved in the murder.

Divorce plans

It is alleged that Mr Nasri used Mr Leslie as a "go-between" with Mr Emmanuel, a driver, in the murder plot.

Mr Emmanuel is said to have driven Mr Jones, a nightclub doorman, to the house to carry out the murder shortly before midnight on 11 May.

Mrs Nasri, who had a hair salon called Perfections, died in hospital as a result of massive blood loss following a single stab wound through an artery in her left groin, the court heard.

No sooner was she dead than through a solicitor he was claiming her half of the Rugby Avenue house which is itself quite a solid asset.
Michael Worsley, QC, prosecuting

The couple had married in May 2003 and were apparently happy, but Mrs Nasri had confided to a close friend that she was considering divorce, said Michael Worsley QC, prosecuting.

They had lived at her family's home in nearby Rugby Avenue until they moved out six months before the murder.

Mr Worsley said: "Nasri had a number of motives which, taken together, provide the motive for murder in this case."

The jury was told Mr Nasri was having an affair and his wife was suspicious of it.

Mr Worsley also said the couple had debts of 102,000, that Mrs Nasri was entitled to a share of the family home, the ownership of the limousine business which Mr Nasri ran from his home and that Mrs Nasri was considering divorce.

Creeping debt

He was leading a "double life", going on holiday with his lover Laura Mockiene and moving in with her after the killing.

The court heard Mrs Nasri provided 15,000 to help start the limousine business and a 52,000 deposit for their home, and they took out 350,000 life insurance on each other.

"No sooner was she dead than through a solicitor he was claiming her half of the Rugby Avenue house which is itself quite a solid asset. He would soon clear the indebtedness he had crept into," said Mr Worsley.

There had been an "incident of intrusion or attempted intrusion" at the home five days before the killing, which was believed to be connected to the murder.

The case was adjourned until Thursday.

The London street where Nisha Patel-Nasri was found

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