GER­RARDS CROSS LAY-BY MUR­DER

Boyfriend heard pleas be­fore her dumped body was found half-naked in a lay-by

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE boyfriend of mur­dered Anita Kapoor heard her beg for her life over the tele­phone be­fore she was stran­gled and dumped half-naked in a lay-by in Ger­rards Cross, a court was told on Tues­day.

The 34-year-old called her part­ner Stan­ley Flan­ders, 50, and was heard plead­ing: “Please, please leave me. Let me go please. I won’t say noth­ing.”

Mr Flan­ders then heard the voice of ‘a young Asian’ man say­ing, ‘watch it, you’re go­ing to kill your­self’.

Navin Mo­han, 34, of Quaker Lane, Southall, is on trial for the mur­der of Anita Kapoor, at Read­ing Crown Court, in Berk­shire.

Ju­rors was told how the vic­tim’s body was found by a hor­ri­fied truck driver stop­ping for a rest in a layby along the A413 Amer­sham Road at around 8.30am on June 23 this year.

Pros­e­cu­tor John Price said she had been found among the un­der­growth, adding: “The young woman was naked be­low the waist.

“She had noth­ing on her feet and above the waist she wore a black tee-shirt. It was in a di­shev­elled state, rolled up around her chest.

“The rest of her clothes, and her mo­bile phone, have never been found.”

The court was told that Ms Kapoor would of­ten be seen walk­ing the streets of Southall, in Mid­dle­sex, near her home ad­dress, at night where she worked as a pros­ti­tute to fund a drug habit.

Mr Flan­ders, her boyfriend of two years, used drugs with the vic­tim and made sure she al­ways car­ried her phone as the couple were aware of the dan­gers of get­ting into strangers’ cars.

The court heard that a month be­fore her death, Ms Kapoor had been at­tacked by a client wield­ing a crow bar and had been dragged by her hoodie into a park on an­other oc­ca­sion by a vi­o­lent sex cus­tomer.

The court heard how, at 4.05am on June 23, the de­fen­dant is al­leged to have picked up Ms Kapoor in Saxon Road, Southall, in his red Nis­san Mi­cra be­fore driv­ing to a Sains­bury’s cash­point ma­chine in nearby Hayes.

The car was recorded on CCTV and bank records were ob­tained which prove that £30 was with­drawn from the de­fen­dant’s Na­tional West­min­ster bank ac­count, Mr Price said.

He added: “You can also very clearly see the sil­hou­ette of the pas­sen­ger and the il­lu­mi­na­tion of a mo­bile phone she is us­ing. Phone records main­tain that Ms Kapoor had in­deed made a call from that lo­ca­tion at that time.”

The jury heard that Ms Kapoor had phoned her boyfriend to let her know she was with a client and her ex­act lo­ca­tion at that point.

Mo­han, who was not known to the vic­tim, ap­peared in court, be­spec­ta­cled and dressed in a blue shirt. He de­nies mur­der.

A pathol­o­gist found that the vic­tim had suf­fered in­ter­nal in­juries al­legedly caused by the de­fen­dant, the court heard.

The court heard that Ms Kapoor’s phone was be­com­ing in­un­dated with calls from Mr Stan­ley, clearly very con­cerned with what he had heard.

At 4.47am he sent a text to his girl­friend’s phone say­ing: “Po­lice know you went to Sains­bury’s in Hayes. They will see the CCTV. Punk, let her go!”

The jury were played the 999 call taken by the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice by a con­cerned and shaky Mr Flan­ders who told the op­er­a­tor Ms Kapoor was in trou­ble with a strange man.

Fol­low­ing Mo­han’s ar­rest on June 24, foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tors went through his car with a fine-tooth comb and found a num­ber of hairs and blood­stains which matched Ms Kapoor’s DNA pro­file.

Martin Hes­lop QC, de­fend­ing Mo­han, put to the jury that Mr Flan­ders and Ms Kapoor were not in a re­la­tion­ship but that Mr Flan­ders was her ‘pimp’. He said to Mr Flan­ders: “You were de­mand­ing money from [Mo­han] be­cause he was with your pros­ti­tute girl­friend and you were threat­en­ing to ex­pose him to the po­lice, or even beat him up, if he did not pay money to you through her.”

The trial con­tin­ues.

Ev­i­dence: Po­lice have is­sued an ap­peal for the pub­lic’s help in trac­ing cloth­ing and a mo­bile phone, which be­longed to Anita Kapoor (pic­tured

left) and have yet to be re­cov­ered.

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