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Killer let himself into the house

PUBLISHED: 14:12 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:13 24 August 2010

By Lorraine King The killer of Nisha Patel-Nasri let him himself into her house with a set of keys given to him by her husband, jurors were told. Fadi Nasri who rushed to the scene as his wife lay dying, had told witnesses that he had locked both the inn

By Lorraine King

The killer of Nisha Patel-Nasri let him himself into her house with a set of keys given to him by her husband, jurors were told.

Fadi Nasri who rushed to the scene as his wife lay dying, had told witnesses that he had locked both the inner and outer front doors when he left for the snooker hall.

But, his wife's keys were later found lying on the sofa in the living room, so they could not have been used to gain access.

The Old Bailey also heard how the killer had either been given the murder weapon before letting himself in, or selected one from a kitchen knife block before attacking his victim.

Michael Worsley QC, prosecuting, said: "The suggestion by one of the accused is the story was that one person who had gone in to intimidate her, had found her and that she was armed with a knife and in the course of the incident had got stabbed with her own knife.

He added: "She hasn't got a knife as a weapon at all.

"There was no question here of her falling on her own knife or a knife being turned by accident in a struggle."

He said that although Mrs Patel-Nasri's keys were not missing, there were another set that could not be found.

He explained that Mrs Patel-Nasri would have locked the outer and inner doors because she was scared of being in the house alone after an intruder attempted to break into her home five days before.

Mr Worsley told the court Nasri was the only one 'who could provide the means to do it' and give the house keys and possibly the knife to the killer.

The trial continues.

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