Page last updated at 15:57 GMT, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:57 UK

Victim worked seven days a week

Nisha Patel
Nisha Patel-Nasri was a hairdresser and a special constable

Nisha Patel-Nasri worked all hours of the day running a thriving salon but still found the time to help protect the public as a special constable.

The 29-year-old hairdresser was said to be "very active" in the force and had served for three years.

Her unpaid duties meant spending at least four hours a week in uniform.

She was the main breadwinner in the family, working up to seven days a week, cutting hair for more than 2,000 customers, from morning to night.

Her expectations were much much higher than other people
Katen Patel, victim's brother

She also did the administration for her husband's limousine business.

Her brother Katen Patel said she was packing 30 hours' worth of activities into a single day.

"Her expectations were much much higher than other people," he said.

Slightly-built and barely 5ft tall, she was described in court as "bubbly and energetic" and "hard-working with many friends" as well as "eager, brave and not easily scared".

Mrs Patel-Nasri became PC5116 when she joined the police in December 2002.

She quickly became a "valued member" of the Brent borough team, based at Kingsbury, working at fetes and Diwali celebrations.

Nisha in uniform
Nisha always volunteered to work on operations and would fit this in around her very busy hairdressing business
Scotland Yard
Hailed as a "skilled officer" by police, she later moved on to policing marches and parades as well as helping out with the robbery team.

"Nisha always volunteered to work on operations and would fit this in around her very busy hairdressing business," Scotland Yard said in a statement.

She was killed one day after the third anniversary of her marriage to Nasri.

The couple had met in 2002 and, in a whirlwind romance, were engaged by December and married the following May, despite the concerns of some members of her Hindu family about the match with Nasri.

'Two lovebirds'

Her brother Katen said they were like "two lovebirds" while others spoke of their openly affectionate "lovey-dovey" behaviour.

But these outward appearances concealed Mrs Patel-Nasri's inner sadness.

The night before she died, she texted a friend about her frustrations after Nasri left a wedding anniversary dinner with friends, telling her he had to work.

"Would love to get out," she wrote. "Sick of being stuck at home every night."

Mrs Patel-Nasri was desperate to have a baby, but unknown to her, she was having to share her husband's affections.

He was regularly having sex with prostitutes in Victoria and had begun an affair with one of them, Laura Mockiene, when his wife died.

More than 100 police officers formed a guard of honour at her funeral. Her coffin was decked in Metropolitan Police colours and topped with a police helmet.


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