London, May 28 (UNI) An unfaithful husband was today found guilty of contracting a hitman to kill his wife so that he could claim her life insurance and live with his pregnant mistress.
The husband of Nisha Patel-Nasri, who was stabbed to death on her third wedding anniversary, was convicted of her murder.
Fadi Nasri, 34, of Barnet, north London, contracted drug dealer Rodger Leslie to arrange the killing so he could continue his affair with a Lithuanian prostitute and cash in on a 350,000 pounds life insurance policy, the three-month trial heard.
Nasri provided the killers with a John Lewis knife from his own kitchen and a set of keys to the house in Wembley, north-west London, the jury was told.
Nisha Patel-Nasri, a 29-year-old Gujarati British Indian, ran a hairdressing business near her home and was also working as a special constable with the Metropolitan police for the last three years.
She was stabbed once in her left thigh, suffering a 13cm-deep wound that punctured a major artery. Neighbours found her screaming in her driveway shortly before midnight, bleeding to death.
The court heard Nasri, who formerly ran an escort agency, had been leading a ''double life'' in the period leading up to his wife's death, going on holiday with a Lithuanian woman, Laura Mockine, who worked as a prostitute.
Nisha was described in court as ''bubbly, energetic and hard-working, with many friends''. The prosecution said she had been thinking of divorcing her husband.
The Old Bailey heard she had helped fund her husband's stretch-limousine business, which was registered in her name, and paid the deposit on their home.
But suddenly she found herself in debt. Her husband had been ''pestering her either to add his name to the business as a partner or transfer it to him'', the jury was told. Nasri was the executor and sole beneficiary of her will, The Guardian reported.
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