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Prosecutor John Price said the car was recorded on CCTV and bank records showed that £30 was withdrawn from the defendant’s NatWest account.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