Spouse murder 5: The picture which led to a killer: Sex-crazy Cheating husband caught out by mobile snap of vice girl's leg
29th May 2008
This picture of a prostitute's naked thigh led police to special constable Nisha Patel-Nasri's killer - her handsome husband Fadi.
Police did not initially suspect Nasri, who played the role of grieving husband perfectly.
But as they investigated his life, they discovered his affair with Lithuanian prostitute Laura Mockiene and realised that he and his wife had been £100,000 in debt.
This intimate image of the vice girl's leg, captured on his mobile phone during one of their secret trysts, was found by detectives weeks after the killing. It showed them Nasri was cheating on his wife - and had a motive for her senseless murder.
At first it appeared 29-year-old Nisha had been killed during a bungled burglary, stabbed as she confronted the offender with the bravery she had become famed for while on the beat with her police colleagues.
But the truth was far more sinister. The man behind her killing was her own husband.
His motive? The chance to claim her £350,00 life insurance and to start a new life with his prostitute lover.
Yesterday Nasri, 34, was convicted of murder by a jury at the Old Bailey.
The court heard he had hired two hitmen to kill Nisha while she was alone at their £425,000 home in an attempt to make it look like a burglary gone wrong.
She bled to death on the pavement outside her house in Wembley, North-West London.
Leslie in turn found Jason Jones, a nightclub bouncer, to act as the knifeman.
All three were convicted of murder by a jury.
They will be sentenced next month. A fourth man, getaway driver Tony Emmanuel, 42, was cleared of murder and manslaughter.
As the jury's verdict makes clear, Nasri was far from being the devoted spouse. In fact, he was more in love with his successful wife's wealth than with her.
A self-confessed 'houseboy' to breadwinner Nisha, the former car valet had dragged them into debt after making a failure of running a limousine hire firm which Nisha had given him £15,000 to set up.
The arrogant chancer, who used to run an escort agency, drove a luxury Lexus and wore a stolen £10,000 Hublot Swiss watch while spending 'money like water' on his mistress.
Nisha, in contrast, earned £60,000 a year from her hair-dressing business as well as volunteering with the police and had always been wise with money.
Nasri was determined to leave his wife but first he needed money to fund his lover's expensive tastes.
He had spent thousands on jewellery, clothes, lavish hotels and a week's holiday in Egypt with her, pretending he had gone there to see a sick uncle.
He knew that if Nisha died he stood to gain £350,000 from a life insurance policy which she had applied for three months before her murder while Nasri was spending the day at a hotel with 27-year-old Miss Mockiene.
His hard-working wife was just a meal ticket to him.
He was no longer interested in her and resistant to her longing for a baby, claiming he was infertile.
Nisha, the daughter of Indian immigrants who have passed away, confided in friends that she was considering divorcing Nasri, complaining that he left her alone nearly every night.
Much of his time was spent with the prostitute he had first picked up in a brothel near Victoria train station.
With shocking ruthlessness, he paid hitmen £18,000 to assassinate his wife.
For those who knew only Nasri's charming side - the one which had bewitched Nisha into marrying him in May 2003, five months after they started dating - it seemed impossible.
But Nasri, who came to Britain from Lebanon as a child, hid a dark past.
His father Farouk, 53, had hanged himself in Leicester jail in 2000 as he awaited trial over the murder of his 27-year-old lover and seven-year-old son.
Farouk was alleged to have poured petrol over them and set them alight.
In 1998 Nasri had been jailed for nine months for driving at a policeman who asked about an out-of-date tax disc.
It was on May 11, 2006, that his plot to murder his wife came to its climax.
He ensured Nisha was alone at their house and left the door unlocked.
While Nisha was getting ready for bed she heard someone come in and ran downstairs, coming face to face with her attacker.
He stabbed her with a 13in John Lewis knife from her own kitchen and she ran screaming from the house, leaving a trail of bloody footprints on the pavement before collapsing.
A neighbour phoned Nasri, who had arranged to play snooker with a friend to give himself with an alibi, to break the news and he raced to the scene.
Wracked with sobs, he was the epitome of a heartbroken husband.
As he made emotional appeals in the following days, no one doubted his grief.
'Obviously someone has got a guilty conscience,' he wept.
Yet behind the crocodile tears he was plotting a new life with his mistress in the U.S.
When the police found a photo of Miss Mockiene's naked thigh on Nasri's mobile phone, he blithely claimed it was just a friend.
The pair continued to spend days and nights together at the £250-a-night Coppid Beech Hotel in Bracknell, Berkshire.
After one stay in August, they told a member of staff that Miss Mockiene was pregnant and was 'going to Lithuania' to have the baby.
She did indeed fly to her home country, where Nasri later joined her three months after Nisha's death for a holiday, but the baby never materialised.
Whether she had an abortion or was never pregnant in the first place is not clear.
Nasri has denied the baby could be his, citing his supposed infertility.
Cruelly, Miss Mockiene could have been carrying Nasri's child - something which Nisha had yearned for - even before the killing.
When Nasri returned from Lithuania, he confessed to police he was having an affair with Miss Mockiene which had begun in January 2006.
Nisha's family were stunned.
Her brother Katen, a programme scheduler for ITV, said: 'I thought, "How could you do that?" It was disgusting.'
Now the relationship was out in the open, Nasri wasted no time in laying his hands on Nisha's money.
He sold the house they had bought with a £52,000 deposit put down by Nisha, and set up a love-nest with Miss Mockiene, paying £825 a month for a flat in Friern Barnet, North London. As well as the life insurance money, he tried to get half the value of Katen's house, which had been left to him and Nisha by their parents.
All the while Nasri continued to lavish money on Miss Mockiene, taking her on holiday to Spain, Egypt and Lithuania again.
He was arrested in December 2006 after police traced the killer's getaway car and pieced together calls between Nasri and the hitmen on the night of the killing.
The Old Bailey jury found him guilty of murder after a three-month trial with a 10-2 majority.
Leslie, of Barnet, North London, who arranged the killing, was convicted of murder.
The drug dealer has 15 face piercings but denies claims that they mark the number of people he has murdered - he says they are in memory of loved ones who have died.
Leslie, who met Nasri when he used to take his car to be cleaned at Nasri's valeting outfit, has previous convictions for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of knives and possession of a firearm.
Two weeks after the murder, Nasri took out £18,000 in cash and called a phone box which Leslie used regularly in what police believe was a call to arrange payment for the murder.
It was Leslie who arranged for Jason Jones, a 35-year-old bouncer of Manor Park, East London, to stab Nisha. He too was convicted of murder.
Nasri, Leslie and Jones will be sentenced on June 20 to allow police to investigate Nasri and Leslie's finances.
Nasri claimed in court he had misled the tax office about his earnings from his limousine business.
Last night Nisha's brother Katen said: 'The attack they carried out on Nisha was barbaric. They showed her no mercy and have shown absolutely no remorse since.
'It is not a man but a coward who attacks a vulnerable woman with a knife. Nisha never stood a chance.'
He said of his sister: 'She was always one of those people who wanted to look after someone or help somebody.
'Everybody can see her photographs, she's always smiling with warmth in her eyes, she was always bubbly with a cheeky smile on her face; that expression speaks a thousand words.'
Detective Chief Inspector Nick Scola, who led the investigation, said: 'These three convicted men lied during the investigation and the trial to cover up that they entered Nisha's home and killed her for their own ends.
'The very fact that Nisha's husband instigated this killing so that he could be with his younger mistress and gain financially from her death is the ultimate betrayal.'