Page last updated at 17:19 GMT, Thursday, 10 April 2008 18:19 UK

Call girl 'helped husband grieve'

Fadi Nasri and Laura Mockiene on holiday
Mr Nasri and Ms Mockiene pictured on holiday after his wife's death

A limousine firm boss on trial for murder has told a court how a Lithuanian prostitute comforted him following the death of his wife.

Fadi Nasri, 34, has denied arranging the murder of his wife so he could carry on the affair and cash in on her 350,000 life insurance.

Nisha Patel-Nasri, 29, was stabbed to death outside their home in Wembley, north London on 11 May 2006.

Mr Nasri, from Barnet, and three other men deny murdering Mrs Patel-Nasri.

He told the court his mistress, Laura Mockiene, moved in with him a few months after his wife's death.

The court heard the couple also went on holiday to Egypt, Spain, Los Angeles and Las Vegas in the months following her death.

They said the studs represented each person he had killed and he has a lot of them
Fadi Nasri

Mr Nasri said: "She was there for me after my wife died and she was watching me grieve. Over time my feelings would grow."

But Mr Nasri denied having any part in a plot to kill his wife and described how astonished he was when he was told his friend, Roger Leslie, had been arrested by police.

He said he was reduced to tears during a police interview on 6 December 2006.

Mr Nasri said the man heading the inquiry, Det Ch Insp Nick Scola, told him the police had arrested two men, one of whom was Mr Leslie.

"I was in fear, scared, crying," Mr Nasri said.

"DCI Scola and Detective Inspector Murray told me that I was in fear of my life and they offered protection outside London."

'Too embarrassed'

Mr Leslie, who has a number of facial piercings and studs, listened as Mr Nasri recounted what police had told him during the meeting about him.

"They said the studs represented each person he had killed and he has a lot of them," said Mr Nasri.

Fadi Nasri and Nisha Patel-Nasri on their wedding day
Fadi Nasri said he had nothing to do with his wife's life insurance

Earlier Mr Nasri told jurors of the anger of his wife's family when he finally admitted to the affair, several months after his wife's death.

Mr Nasri said he initially denied the affair because he was too "embarrassed" to tell police.

Orlando Pownall QC, defending, asked Mr Nasri what the reaction was of Nisha's brother Katen - with whom he had conducted a televised appeal for information after Nisha was killed - when he heard of the affair.

"He was very, very angry and that was understandable," said Mr Nasri.

He said the whole Patel family was angry and did not want to have anything more to do with him.

Rodger Leslie, 38, of Barnet; Tony Emmanuel, 42, of East Ham, east London; and Jason Jones, 36, of Manor Park, east London, also deny murder.

The trial continues.


RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific