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Man guilty of police wife murder

Fadi Nasri and Nisha Patel-Nasri on their wedding day
Nisha Patel-Nasri died from a single stab wound to her groin

The husband of special constable Nisha Patel-Nasri has been found guilty of her murder.

Fadi Nasri, 34, was accused of organising the killing of the 29-year-old, who was stabbed outside their London home in May 2006.

The Old Bailey heard Nasri wanted her dead to pay off debts with his wife's 350,000 life insurance policy, and because he was having an affair.

Two other men have also been found guilty of her murder.

The prosecution said Nasri hired drug dealer Roger Leslie to organise the killing and he recruited Jason Jones as the knifeman.

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Leslie and Jones were found guilty by the jury who were directed to return a majority verdict on Wednesday after more than 26 hours of deliberations.

A fourth defendant, Tony Emmanuel, was cleared of murder.

Nasri, who ran a limousine-hire business, arranged for his wife to be at their home in Wembley, north-west London on her own, where she bled to death after being stabbed in the upper groin with her own 13-inch kitchen knife.

Afterwards Nasri publicly appealed for information about his wife's death.

But within weeks he was secretly visiting his mistress, Lithuanian prostitute Laura Mockiene.

He later moved into the flat he was already renting for Ms Mockiene and sold his marital home for 410,000.

'Courageous wife'

Nasri told the court he was paying Ms Mockiene for sex and had begun an affair with her three months before Mrs Patel-Nasri's death.

But he told the court the affair had nothing to do with the murder, saying his wife was unaware of it and he loved his wife "very much".

Rodger Leslie and Jason Jones
Leslie (l) and Jones were hired to kill Nisha

He also dismissed allegations of being heavily in debt and said both his limousine-hire business and his wife's hairdressing business were doing well.

Nasri said his "courageous" wife had stood up to knife-wielding attackers on two previous occasions.

Outside court, the special Pc's brother, Katen Patel, described her murder as "barbaric, vicious, brutal and savage".

"I am relieved at today's verdict and that the men responsible will remain in jail," he said.

"However, it will not bring my little sister back."

He added: "It is not a man but a coward who attacks a vulnerable woman with a knife.

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"The fact than the man she loved was responsible makes this all the more surreal."

Det Ch Insp Nick Scola described Nasri's actions as "the final betrayal".

"Nisha was an innocent and loving wife who was murdered so that her unfaithful and selfish husband could lead a luxury lifestyle with his younger mistress," he added.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said: "It is a tragedy that a young woman who willingly gave up so much of her valuable free time to work as a police officer in her local community lost her life in this awful way.

"Her death has been a huge loss to her family, friends and to the Metropolitan Police Service which she served so enthusiastically."

Nasri was remanded into custody along with Leslie, 38, of Barnet, north London and Jones, 36, of Manor Park, east London.

The three will be sentenced on 20 June.

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