As the video rolled, his jaw dropped

Peter Fa­soli’s mur­der was dis­cov­ered not by po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion but by a relative’s hor­ri­fy­ing chance find

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Mar­shall was con­victed in Italy, but UK in­ves­ti­ga­tors were at­tribut­ing Peter Fa­soli’s death to an ac­ci­den­tal fire – un­til a chance dis­cov­ery. The smoke- spoiled, charred com­puter equip­ment from the PC re­pair­man’s flat was left in stor­age at his mother’s garage in the north of Eng­land. No one, apart from his killer, knew that he had suf­fered a vi­o­lent, de­praved and undig­ni­fied death.

In Novem­ber 2014 Peter Fa­soli’s nephew Christo­pher Mur­ga­troyd started search­ing through the files on the com­puter. He knew Peter had been in­ves­ti­gat­ing their fam­ily tree and he was cu­ri­ous about his find­ings. He re­moved the hard drive and linked it to his lap­top. “It turned out that the de­ceased had had a video cam­era in his home, which ap­peared to have been record­ing much of the time – on ‘ record’ and be­ing down­loaded and stored au­to­mat­i­cally on his com­puter,” said Ed­ward Brown QC at Mar­shall’s trial.

The file had been cre­ated on 6 Jan­uary 2013, the night of Peter’s death. Christo­pher Mur­ga­troyd could see his un­cle in his bun­ga­low. “It was then, to Mr Mur­ga­troyd’s hor­ror, that he found him­self watch­ing footage of his un­cle’s mur­der – at the hands of this de­fen­dant,” said Brown.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was re- opened. Mar­shall was de­ported from his Ital­ian prison to the UK for trial. He was sub­se­quently sen­tenced to life in prison. The judge told Jason Mar­shall, “I’m sure that you were mo­ti­vated by a de­sire to cause Mr Fa­soli pain with­out his con­sent, which would be a sig­nif­i­cantly greater source of plea­sure or grat­i­fi­ca­tion to you than is or­di­nar­ily the case for those who en­joy in­flict­ing vi­o­lence. You tor­tured him for so long be­cause you en­joyed it so much. It wasn’t nec­es­sary to go to the lengths you did if your only pur­pose was to kill him.”

ABOVE A hol­ster, pis­tol and other para­pher­na­lia were seized from Mar­shall by Ital­ian po­lice af­ter he mur­dered Vin­cenzo Iale and tried to kill Um­berto Gis­mondi

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