Seven motives for murder
PUBLISHED: 13:38 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:13 24 August 2010
By Lorraine King Fadi Nasri has seven motives for plotting the murder of his wife, jurors were told. At the time of Nisha Patel-Nasri s death the couple were heavily in debt owing £102,000 in total. Nasri alone owed more than £54,000 to banks and buildin
By Lorraine King
Fadi Nasri has seven motives for plotting the murder of his wife, jurors were told.
At the time of Nisha Patel-Nasri's death the couple were heavily in debt owing £102,000 in total.
Nasri alone owed more than £54,000 to banks and building societies.
The Old Bailey heard a second possible motive was that Nasri suspected his wife was having an affair.
However, he was having an affair himself with a Lithuanian prosititute which provides a third motive.
The couple had each taken out £350,000 life insurance policies which would have paid off their mortgage in the event of one of them dying.
There were also insurance policies on part of the property she owned in Rugby Avenue, Wembley, and after her death Nasri received a £17,000 payout.
He then immediately set about having her share of the home transferred to his name.
Sixthly, Nasri had also attempted to persuade his wife to sign ownership of the limousine business over to him in the months leading up to the killing.
Michael Worsley QC, prosecuting, said: "No sooner had she died than through his solicitor he was claiming the insurance on the Rugby Avenue house. With those financial investments and insurance policies he would soon be able to clear the indebtedness he had crept into.
"You may think he was a man who if he was unscrupulous enough to consider murdering someone, would have had motives for doing so."
The court heard how Mrs Patel-Nasri had been left shaken and frightened after discovering three men had broken into her porch on May 6, five days before the killing.
She insisted on ordering a CCTV camera and began making plans for new double glazing and more secure locks for the doors and windows.
But Nasri did not order a security camera until the day of the murder.
Mr Worsley added: "Did he have her killed and have it done the night before the camera she was so anxious to have installed revealed any assailant who might come?"
Jurors were told Nasri had organised a game of snooker at the Colindale Snooker Club on the Edgware Road with the same friend who sold him the security camera.
Mr Worsley said: "The prosecution suggests Nasri had deliberately arranged to have an alibi. There is no doubt that he did go to the snooker club.
"The telephone he was using shows him in the snooker club at the time. So he has his alibi, so that he shouldn't be suspected of murder and lose the £350,000 or get into trouble with the police."
The trial continues.