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
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