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'Fantasist' who pretended to be a policeman and spy jailed for at least 39 years after bondage killing of computer repairman

Jason Marshall is already serving time for a murder in Italy

A "fantasist" has been given 39 years in jail for smothering a 58-year-old computer repairman to death.

Peter Fasoli was stripped, gagged and threatened with a knife at his bungalow in Northolt by Jason Marshall, a former male escort who pretended to be an "MI5 spy".

Jason Marshall, formerly of Forest Gate, east London, was serving a 16-year prison term for murder and attempted murder in Italy when he appeared before the Old Bailey for trial.

Marshall, aged 28, met with Mr Fasoli at his one-bed bungalow in Ruebens Road, Northolt, where he pretended to be a spy and interrogated the man with a large hunting knife.

 

The court heard that Marshall told Mr Fasoli, who he had met on dating website Badoo, that he would cut off the computer repairman's tongue if he did not hand out his PIN numbers.

Later, Marshall smothered the 58-year-old, who suffered from a heart condition, to death with cling film.

The entire ordeal was captured inadvertently by Mr Fasoli on a webcam and discovered two years later by his nephew who was searching the hard drive.

The pair had agreed to meet at Mr Fasoli's Ruebens Road bungalow for bondage sex, which was recorded on the victim's webcam(Image: Metropolitan Police)

 

A jury took just an hour to convict Marshall in August and Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC sentenced him to a minimum of 39 years in prison on Tuesday (September 29) for the "sadistic killing".

The judge went on to say: "You tortured him for so long because you enjoyed it so much. I’m sure that you can have felt no remorse whatsoever for what you have done.

"On the contrary, you derived pleasure from it.”

In a bid to cover his tracks, Marshall staged a fire and a coroner later ruled that Mr Fasoli died of asphyxiation as a result of the blaze.

 

Draining £780 from Mr Fasoli's account, the former male escort bought a ticket to Italy where he strangled Badoo user Vincenzo Iale with an electrical cable in his flat in Rome three weeks later.

The 67-year-old's car was also stolen and his bank cards used to make numerous withdrawals at ATM machines.

Less than a week later, east Londoner Marshall posed as "Grabriel" and arranged to meet Umberto Gismondi for sex through Badoo.

Marshall entered Mr Gismondi's flat carrying a pistol, utility belt, pepper spray and truncheon which he explained by telling the 54-year-old he worked at the British Embassy in Rome.

Jason Marshall previously used apps like Grindr to advertise his services as a male prostitute(Image: Metropolitan Police)

 

He then bound and gagged the older man before attacking him with the truncheon and pepper spray, demanding money and attempting to smother him with a cushion.

He fled the scene after Mr Gismondi managed to alert neighbours but was arrested shortly afterwards and convicted of Mr Iale's murder and the attempted murder of Mr Gismondi.

Court image of Peter Fasoli's flat after the fire which was previously believed to be the cause of his death(Image: PA)

 

After being convicted of murder and attempted murder in Italian courts, Marshall was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Marshall was brought to London to face trial and Mr Fasoli's nephew discovered the webcam recording.

Detective Inspector James Stevenson, of Metropolitan Police, said he was "very pleased for the family" of Marshall's victim.

He went on to say: "He is clearly a very sadistic individual.

"He has a psychopathic personality disorder but does not have a treatable mental illness."

 

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