Man guilty of prostitute murder
A MAN found guilty on Monday of the murder of a Hayes prostitute was awaiting sentencing as the Gazette went to press.
Navin Mohan, 34, of Quaker Lane, Southall, was due to be sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Tuesday for the murder of Anita Kapoor, also 34, and could face life in prison.
The jury delivered their verdict shortly before 4.15pm on Monday.
The court heard earlier in the trial that Ms Kapoor’s body was found by a lorry driver on the morning of June 23. She had been strangled in the back seat of Mohan’s car and her body dumped in undergrowth close to Amersham Road (A413).
The jury was told that Ms Kapoor funded a crack and heroin habit by selling sex to strangers.
It was alleged that her boyfriend, Stanley Flanders, 50, acted as her ‘pimp’ and forced her to rob customers for more cash.
Mohan claimed in court that he was being blackmailed by Mr Flanders and Ms Kapoor had got out of his car and walked off when he refused to pay a £300 demand.
Mr Flanders strenuously denied these allegations and told the court he was a loving boyfriend who had been sick with worry after hearing his girlfriend’s cries for help over the phone while she was with Mohan.