For­mer es­cort de­nies bondage mur­der

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A MAN charged with mur­der has ad­mit­ted at­tack­ing and smoth­er­ing the 58-year-old vic­tim while he was tied up and naked on his bed but de­nies he killed him.

Ja­son Mar­shall, a 28-year-old male es­cort de­nies mur­der.

He told the jury at the Old Bailey that he was at­tempt­ing to ter­rify com­puter re­pair­man Peter Fa­soli “with the prospect of tor­ture” as well as ad­mit­ting that he got “some form of plea­sure” from his sado­masochis­tic role play as a fake po­lice­man.

Mr Fa­soli died in Jan­uary 13 at his one-bed­room bun­ga­low in Northolt.

The court heard how Mar­shall met Mr Fa­soli through gay dat­ing site Badoo, be­fore ty­ing him up, gag­ging him, smoth­er­ing him and set­ting fire to his home to cover his tracks.

The bondage mur­der trial came about two and a half years af­ter Mr Fa­soli’s death was ruled to be ac­ci­den­tal by an in­quest af­ter the vic­tim’s nephew dis­cov­ered a video Mr Fa­soli had in­ad­ver­tently recorded of his fi­nal mo­ments.

Ex­tracts of the CCTV footage were shown to the Old Bailey on Tues­day Au­gust 7, in which Mar­shall pre­tended to be a po­lice­man and MI5 agent, threat­en­ing a naked and tied up Mr Fa­soli with a large hunt­ing knife.

Mar­shall was heard to say “I’m ready to tor­ture you at the next op­por­tu­nity you give me” if Mr Fa­soli did not hand over his PIN num­bers.

Three ref­er­ences to tor­ture were made by Mar­shall, prompt­ing the judge, Nicholas Hil­liard QC, to ask “Look­ing at it now, do you think you were try­ing to ter­rify him?”.

“Yes, my lord, with the prospect of tor­ture,” Mar­shall replied.

Pros­e­cu­tor Ed­ward Brown QC pointed out that Mar­shall even put the knife to Mr Fa­soli’s tongue and throat, say­ing Mar­shall must have been de­ter­mined to get the PIN num­bers, to which Mar­shall re­sponded: “It seems so”.

“That must have been ter­ri­fy­ing for that man,” Mr Brown con­tin­ued.

To which Mar­shall replied: “I have no idea.” The court was then shown footage of Mar­shall re­turn­ing from a cash ma­chine hav­ing with­drawn a to­tal of £780 from Mr Fa­soli’s ac­count.

The pros­e­cu­tor went on to say Mar­shall, who used to ad­ver­tise his ser­vices on apps like Grindr, knew about Mr Fa­soli’s heart con­di­tion but still at­tacked and smoth­ered him. The pros­e­cu­tor said: “You at­tacked him and smoth­ered him, didn’t you?” “Yes” Mar­shall replied. The de­fen­dant went on to tell the court that “at this point” there was no sex­ual el­e­ment to the en­counter.

“From my point of view, it was just for the money. It was a well-paid ven­ture,” he said.

“Did you get sex­ual plea­sure pre­tend­ing to be a po­lice of­fi­cer while they are naked?” the judge quizzed.

“I wouldn’t say sex­ual plea­sure. Plea­sure of some form,” said Mar­shall, who was con­victed in Ital­ian courts of the mur­der of 67-year-old Vin­cenzo Iale in Rome just three weeks af­ter Mr Fa­soli’s death.

He was also found guilty of the at­tempted mur­der of Um­berto Gis­mondi, aged 54 in Rome, in sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances.

Mar­shall, of East Ham, de­nies mur­der and the trial con­tin­ues.

Ja­son Mar­shall

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