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A MAN ac­cused of mur­der­ing a pros­ti­tute and dump­ing her body in a layby near Ger­rards Cross told a jury this week he was be­ing black­mailed by her ‘pimp’.

Navin Mo­han, 34, of Quaker Lane in Southall, told a jury at Read­ing Crown Court on Tues­day that he was not guilty of killing 34-year-old Anita Kapoor from Hayes, who was found stran­gled on June 23.

He said he had agreed a price to have sex with the vic­tim, but was in­formed that her boyfriend, Stan­ley Flan­ders – who, ju­rors have been told, is also ac­cused of be­ing her pimp – would go the po­lice if he did not hand over £300 to be passed on to him.

This caused an ar­gu­ment, Mo­han told the court, which led to Ms Kapoor get­ting out of the car along a dual car­riage­way and walk­ing away.

He said he had to drive out of his way in or­der to turn his car around to go in search of Ms Kapoor and by the time he got back, she had dis­ap­peared.

The pros­e­cu­tion al­lege how­ever that Ms Kapoor was stran­gled by Mo­han on the back seat of his red Nis­san Mi­cra be­fore her body was dumped in the un­der­growth along the A413 Amer­sham Road dual car­riage­way be­tween Ger­rard’s Cross and Chal­font St Peter.

Lean­ing for­ward in­tently as he gave ev­i­dence, Mo­han told ju­rors: “I was try­ing to come to an am­i­ca­ble agree­ment with Anita as to how much money I should give him. I agreed to go from £20 to £50. I have said af­ter that re­quest, that’s black­mail. I said I would dou­ble £50 to £100. She didn’t agree with that. Anita said I had to give the full amount, oth­er­wise there would be reper­cus­sions.

“I got an­noyed at this point. I said some­thing which I re­gret and I shouldn’t have said – I told her that if she wasn’t com­ing back to Southall with me, she should get out the car and do what­ever she wants to.”

Mo­han said he found Ms Kapoor’s phone in the footwell of his car and dumped it in a pub­lic bin near his par­ents’ house af­ter dis­cov­er­ing it did not work. He was ar­rested the fol­low­ing evening af­ter be­ing pulled over in front of a bus stop by un­marked po­lice cars while on his way to work.

Upon his ar­rest he said: “Mur­der? Not me, you have the wrong per­son”, ju­rors were told.

Traces of Mo­han’s DNA were found on Ms Kapoor’s neck but the de­fen­dant said this ‘could have quite in­no­cently got on her neck when we were to­gether’ in the car.

Martin Hes­lop QC, de­fend­ing Mo­han, asked the de­fen­dant: “Did you kill her that night?” Mo­han replied: “No, most ab­so­lutely not, no. No.”

But John Price QC, pros­e­cut­ing, ac­cused Mo­han of do­ing noth­ing to help po­lice of­fi­cers with their mur­der in­quiry af­ter an­swer­ing no com­ment to all ques­tions put to him at in­ter­view at Lod­don Val­ley po­lice sta­tion in Read­ing. The trial con­tin­ues.

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