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'I have lied' says murder accused

Charalambos Christodoulides
Charalambos Christodoulides's body was found in a warehouse complex

A businessman accused of killing a tenant who stood in the way of a £2m property deal has admitted being a "liar" but denied he was "evil".

An Old Bailey jury was told Thanos Papalexis, 37, had told numerous lies, cheated on his wife and hosted "orgies" at a rented mansion in Florida.

Mr Papalexis and two other men, Ylli Xhelo and Robert Baxhija, deny murder.

Stephen Kamlish QC, for Mr Xhelo, said Mr Papalexis ordered his client to dispose of the body at gunpoint.

I have done some bad things, yes. But I don't think I'm a bad person.
Thanos Papalexis

Mr Kamlish said Mr Papalexis killed Charalambous Christodoulides - known as Charles - in a disused warehouse in Kilburn, north west London, in March 2000 and then called on Mr Xhelo and Mr Baxhija to help him dispose of the body.

'Forced at gunpoint'

Mr Papalexis replied: "It's a total invention."

Mr Kamlish went on: "You forced Mr Xhelo and Mr Baxhija at gunpoint to make them do it."

"That is what they have suggested," he replied.

Under cross examination Mr Papalexis was asked about a number of lies he had told over the years.

One of the lies was a claim he made to Rebecca DeFalco, a Florida prostitute with whom he had an affair in 2004 and who has told the trial he confessed to her to having murdered a man.

Mr Papalexis admitted he had given her a cross and a set of rosary beads - which he had bought in a shop years before - and told her they had been removed from the hands of his dead mother after her body had been exhumed from its grave.

'Bad but not evil'

Mr Papalexis said it was a "bad" lie and very "wrong" but did not make him "evil" and he said he said it to make Miss DeFalco feel "special".

Mr Kamlish asked if he knew the difference between good and bad and he replied: "Yes. I have done some bad things, yes. But I don't think I'm a bad person."

Mr Kamlish claimed Mr Papalexis had also lied about a string of extra-marital affairs he had.

Mr Papalexis has told the jury his wife, Karina, agreed to let him have "discreet" sex with other women after she suffered problems during fertility treatment.

But Mr Kamlish said that was a lie and she only found out about his unfaithfulness much later.

Mr Kamlish said Mr Papalexis had sex with numerous women while married and had hosted "wild sex parties" in a rented mansion.

Mr Papalexis said there had only been one such party but admitted filming himself having sex with a girlfriend and another couple.


He also admitted to signing up to a sado-masochistic sex website and admitted he at times had an "insatiable" appetite for sex.

Earlier he denied any involvement in the murder of Mr Christodoulides.

Mr Papalexis said it did not make sense for him to kill a man and then hire two men who he "could not trust" to help him dispose of a body.

He also poured scorn on the suggestion that he tried to set fire to the body and then left it in a vehicle pit where it would inevitably be found.

The trial continues.

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