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Nisha murder accused admits lying

Nisha Patel-Nasri
Nisha Patel-Nasri died from a single stab wound to the groin

A man accused of organising the murder of a special constable for her husband has admitted at his trial to repeatedly lying during police interviews.

Nisha Patel-Nasri, 29, was stabbed outside her home in Wembley, north-west London, on 11 May 2006.

An Old Bailey jury has been told her husband Fadi Nasri, 34, hired Roger Leslie to organise her murder.

Mr Leslie denied arranging for two men, Tony Emmanuel and Jason Jones, to kill her. All four deny murder.

Mr Nasri allegedly arranged the killing because he was having an affair with a Lithuanian prostitute and needed his wife's 350,000 life insurance policy to pay off debts.

'Lie after lie'

Cross examining Mr Leslie, Michael Worsley QC, for the prosecution, said: "From the beginning you have told lie after lie after lie, haven't you?"

"I have been unco-operative," he replied.

Mr Leslie admitted he had lied when he told the police he was not involved in a drug deal on the night of the murder.

He claimed he arranged with Mr Nasri for one of his "runners" to pick up 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, worth 41,000, from the boot of a Hummer limousine parked outside Mr Nasri's home on the night of 11 May .

But under cross examination he refused to name his supplier or the "chemist" he used to test and process the cocaine he bought.

The court heard that mobile phone records showed Mr Leslie exchanging calls with Mr Nasri on the night of the murder, and also with Mr Emmanuel's phone.

Mr Emmanuel told police he only drove Mr Jones there for the drug deal and knew nothing of any plan to kill Mrs Nasri.

Mr Nasri denies any involvement in murder or drug dealing and said he had been calling Mr Leslie to discuss a limousine booking.

Mr Leslie, 38, from Bells Hill, Barnet, north London, Mr Nasri, 34, from Friern Barnet, Tony Emmanuel, 42, of East Ham, east London, and Jason Jones, 36, Manor Park, east London, also deny murdering Mrs Patel-Nasri.

The trial continues.




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