In­de­pen­dents for trea­sure seek­ers

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A man was on trial this week for the mur­der of a sex worker from Hayes whose half-naked body was found dumped be­side a dual car­riage way in Buck­ing­hamshire.

Navin Mo­han, 34, of Quaker Lane, Southall is on trial at Read­ing Crown Court for the mur­der of Anita Kapoor, 34, from Hayes, which he de­nies.

Ju­rors were told on Tues­day how Anita’s boyfriend, Stan­ley Flan­ders, 50, over­heard her beg for her life be­fore she was stran­gled.

She had called her part­ner on the phone, 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.”

The court was told that Mr Flan­ders was the vic­tim’s boyfriend of two years and they used drugs to­gether.

He was aware she was work­ing as as a pros­ti­tute to fund her drug habit and made sure she al­ways car­ried her phone. YOUNG­STERS got more fa­mil­iar with Hayes town cen­tre by join­ing in its third an­nual trea­sure hunt.

Eleven-year-old Troy Pena of Botwell House School won the top prize of £100 do­nated by Dharam Jew­ellers of Cold­har­bour Lane Hayes.

He was pre­sented with his trea­sure of 100 pound coins by David Brough, chair­man of the Hayes

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 Crown al­leges that at 4.05am on June 23 this year, the de­fen­dant, Mr Mo­han, picked up Ms Kapoor on Saxon Road, Southall, in his red Nis­san Town Part­ner­ship, along with Mrs Subash Ku­mari of Dharam Jew­ellers and Mr A S Puar chair­man of busi­ness fo­rum.

The trea­sure hunt aims to en­cour­age lo­cal chil­dren and their fam­i­lies to get to know their town cen­tre bet­ter by vis­it­ing 30 shops to iden­tify photo im­ages dis­played in their win­dows.

Mr Brough said: “Many chil­dren’s ex­pe­ri­ence of Mi­cra be­fore driv­ing to a Sains­bury’s cash­point ma­chine in nearby Hayes.

Pros­e­cu­tor John Price said the car was recorded on CCTV and bank records showed that £30 was with­drawn from the de­fen­dant’s NatWest ac­count.

He added: “You can also very clearly see the sil­hou­ette of the pas­sen­ger and the il­lu­mi­na­tion of a mo­bile phone she is us­ing. shop­ping is lim­ited to a drive with their par­ents to the near­est su­per­mar­ket and they are of­ten un­aware of the wide range of small in­de­pen­dent shops on of­fer in the town cen­tre.”

As well as the first prize won by Troy there were eight prizes in the form of vouch­ers of up to £50 do­nated by lo­cal shops. A record 133 en­tries were re­ceived. Phone records main­tain that Ms Kapoor had in­deed made a call from that lo­ca­tion at that time.”

The court heard that Mr Flan­ders bom­barded his girl­friend’s phone with calls af­ter hear­ing her cries for mercy.

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

Ju­rors was told how the vic­tim’s body was found by a hor­ri­fied truck driver stop­ping for a rest in a lay-by along the A413 in Ger­rards Cross at around 8.30am on June 23.

A pathol­o­gist found that she had suf­fered in­ter­nal in­juries.

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.

Mo­han was ar­rested the fol­low­ing day and foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tors went through his car with a fine-tooth comb and found a num­ber of hairs and blood­stains which matched with Ms Kapoor’s DNA pro­file.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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