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Bogus policeman on trial for bondage murder accused of hiding behind 'amnesia' to escape CCTV evidence

Prosecutor have suggested the alleged murderer is "hiding behind amnesia" to escape the "unassailable" evidence

Jason Marshall is accused of murdering Peter Fasoli(Image: PA)

A convicted killer, who dressed up as a policeman before being caught on camera smothering a man in his Northolt home, has been accused of using memory loss to hide from CCTV evidence in court.

Fantasist Jason Marshall is accused of murdering a computer repairman before attacking two more men while on the run in Italy.

Prosecutors say he is hiding behind amnesia to escape the "unassailable" evidence.

 

Marshall dressed up as a fake policeman and claimed to be a MI5 agent when he killed Peter Fasoli, 58, in his own home in January 2013, the Old Bailey has heard.

 

 

The 28-year-old allegedly tried to cover it up in a fire and stole hundreds of pounds before fleeing to Rome.

There, he killed Vincenzo Iale, 67, and attempted to murder Umberto Gismondi, 54, within weeks of returning, the court heard.

Jurors were told Marshall, who was convicted of Mr Iale's murder and the attempted murder of Mr Gismondi, was sent back to Britain earlier this year and charged with Mr Fasoli's murder.

Mr Fasoli's death was put down to an accident for nearly two years.

This was until his nephew stumbled across CCTV footage on his uncle's computer showing him being bound, gagged and asphyxiated with cling film.

Peter Fasoli inadvertently filmed his death, which was later discovered by his nephew(Image: PA)

Giving evidence, Marshall said he could not remember anything from the entire period, although he accepted the man in the video was him.

During cross-examination, prosecutor Edward Brown QC said Marshall told a different story in his earlier Italian trial, which led to his conviction.

He said: "What you did not say to the court was that you could not remember.

"Yesterday, you claimed on oath you could not remember a thing from the time you were partying with your family in England to the time you woke up in an Italian hospital."

Marshall admitted he lied to Italian authorities because he did not swear an oath on the bible.

He said: "I could not remember anything but my lawyer said that's not a good defence you've got to come up with something better."

The court heard how Marshall blamed someone else called Michael for Mr Iale's death and claimed Mr Gismondi attacked him.

On Mr Gismondi, Mr Brown said: "How did you feel when you were telling the Italian court that he was a liar when he accused you of attempting to kill him?"

The defendant said: "At the time I felt quite persecuted with the whole proceedings being in a foreign country, locked up in a psychiatric institution.

"I cannot remember how I was feeling at the time, a whole range of emotions."

Prosecutors allege that Marshall started a fire to hide the evidence after killing Peter Fasoli(Image: PA)

Mr Brown told Marshall he could not "hide behind drink and drugs" in the Italian case because Mr Gismondi had survived.

He went on: "There is a really important fundamental difference, Mr Marshall, from the evidence that was able to be presented to the Italian courts and the evidence at the Old Bailey and that is the CCTV. You just cannot get away from it can you?"

Marshall retorted: "I'm not trying to get away from it."

Mr Brown said: "With respect you have got two choices given the strength of that unassailable material. You can say yes I did intend to kill Mr Fasoli, or you can say I cannot remember."

The defendant said: "Don't you think I would come up with a better excuse than I can't remember?"

The lawyer replied: "That is the point. There is nowhere else for you to go given that CCTV material."

Pictures from Peter Fasoli's flat were shown to the jury(Image: PA)

Marshall was played extracts of the harrowing CCTV footage of Mr Fasoli's last hours during which he was asphyxiated as Mylene Klass's Classic FM show was playing in the background.

The defendant suggested Mr Fasoli, who he met on gay dating site Badoo, might have had a "desire to be dominated", adding: "It's not all about me."

But Mr Brown said: "It's plain later, this is nothing to do with enjoyment."

Marshall, of East Ham, east London, denies Mr Fasoli's murder.

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