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'I was offered money to confess'

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

A nightclub bouncer accused of stabbing a special constable has told his trial one of his co-defendants offered him 20,000 to admit to killing her.

Jason Jones, 36, denies murdering Nisha Patel-Nasri at her home in Wembley, north west London on 11 May 2006.

He told the trial his co-accused, Tony Emmanuel, spoke to him on remand at Belmarsh prison and offered him money if he would admit to stabbing her.

Mr Jones, Mr Emmanuel, Fadi Nasri and Roger Leslie, all deny murder.

The prosecution claim Mr Nasri hired Mr Leslie to organise the killing and he recruited Mr Emmanuel, as the getaway driver, and Mr Jones as the knifeman.

During police interviews Mr Emmanuel said he had given Mr Jones a lift to Sudbury Avenue in Wembley because he thought he was involved in a drugs deal.

But he said when Mr Jones got back in the car he told him he had stabbed Mrs Patel-Nasri by accident after she confronted him in the house.

I am very angry. I have spent 470 odd days away from my family because of lies by your client...He is trying to use me as a sacrificial lamb for his own purposes
Jason Jones

In the witness box Mr Jones was asked by his counsel, Courtney Griffiths QC: "On 11 May did you go to Sudbury Avenue?"

"No," he replied.

"And so far as the account by Mr Emmanuel what would you say about that?" asked Mr Griffiths.

"It's just lies. He is looking for someone else to put the blame on," he said.

But Mr Emmanuel's counsel, Stephen Kamlish QC, asked him in cross examination: "Are you angry?"

"I am very angry. I have spent 470 odd days away from my family because of lies by your client...He is trying to use me as a sacrificial lamb for his own purposes."

But Mr Kamlish said if Mr Jones' account was true then several other people had lied, including a prison officer, Neil Draper, who testified that Mr Jones had told him Mrs Patel-Nasri's death was "an accident".

Fadi Nasri and Nisha Patel-Nasri on their wedding day
Fadi Nasri stood to gain from a life insurance policy

Mr Kamlish then asked him about the testimony of his best friend, Sylvester Joseph, who said he had sought out Mr Jones after he was released on bail by the police.

Mr Kamlish said: "He said the reason he met you was to find out if you were involved and he said when he asked you the question you said 'You know the life I live'."

Mr Jones admitted saying those words but he said it would be wrong to infer from that he was admitting to his involvement.

He said to Mr Kamlish: "Sylvester knows my character enough to know why I answered like that. You aren't Sylvester, you don't know me. You weren't the godfather of my child or the best man at my wedding."

20,000 offer

Mr Kamlish then asked about the 20,000 offer he claimed to have received from Mr Emmanuel in prison.

He asked: "How were you going to spend that money if you admitted to killing someone?"

"I wouldn't have admitted to killing someone," he replied.

"But the offer would only have been made to an idiot," said Mr Kamlish.

"I think Tony thought I was an idiot," he replied.

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.

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

The trial continues.

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