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'Sex worker begged for her life before she was murdered and left half naked in lay-by'

The trial of a Southall man accused of murdering sex worker Anita Kapoor has heard of the woman's harrowing final moments.

Police said the woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries but has since been discharged

The boyfriend of murdered Anita Kapoor heard her beg for her life over the telephone before she was strangled and dumped half-naked in a lay-by in Gerrards Cross, a court heard on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old called her partner, Stanley Flanders, 50, and was heard pleading: “Please, please leave me. Let me go please. I won’t say nothing.”

Mr Flanders then heard the voice of “a young Asian” man saying, “watch it, you’re going to kill yourself.”

Navin Mohan, 34, of Quaker Lane, Southall, is on trial for the murder of Anita Kapoor, at Reading Crown Court in Berkshire.

Jurors was told how the victim’s body was found by a horrified truck driver stopping for a rest in a lay-by along the A413 Amersham Road at around 8:30am on June 23 this year.

Anita Kapoor

Prosecutor John Price said she had been found amongst the undergrowth. He added: “The young woman was naked below the waist.

“She had nothing on her feet and above the waist she wore a black tee-shirt. It was in a dishevelled state, rolled up around her chest. The rest of her clothes, and her mobile phone, have never been found.”

The court heard that Ms Kapoor would often be seen walking the streets of Southall in Middlesex, near her home address, at night where she worked as a prostitute to fund a drug habit.

Mr Flanders, her boyfriend of two years, used drugs with the victim and made sure she always carried her phone as the couple were aware of the dangers of getting into strangers’ cars. The court heard that a month before her death, Ms Kapoor had been attacked by a client wielding a crow bar and had been dragged by her hoodie into a park on another occasion by a violent sex customer.

The court heard how, on 4:05am on June 23, the defendant is alleged to have picked up Ms Kapoor on Saxon Road, Southall, in his red Nissan Micra before driving to a Sainsbury’s cashpoint maachine in nearby Hayes.

The car was recorded on CCTV and bank records were obtained which prove that £30 was withdrawn from the defendant’s National Westminster bank account, Mr Price said.

He added: “You can also very clearly see the silhouette of the passenger and the illumination of a mobile phone she is using. Phone records maintain that Ms Kapoor had indeed made a call from that location at that time.”

The jury heard that Ms Kapoor had phoned her boyfriend to let her know she was with a client, and her exact location at that point.

Mohan, who was not known to the victim, appeared in court, bespectacled and dressed in a blue shirt. He denies murder.

A pathologist found that the victim had suffered internal injuries caused, allegedly caused by the defendant, the court heard.

The court heard that Ms Kapoor’s phone was becoming inundated with calls from Mr Flanders, clearly very concerned with what he had heard.

At 4:47am he sent a text to his girlfriend’s phone saying: “Police know you went to Sainsbury’s in Hayes. They will see the CCTV. Punk, let her go!”

The jury were played the 999 call taken by the Metropolitan Police by a concerned and shaky Mr Flanders who told the operator Ms Kapoor was in trouble with a strange man.

Following Mohan’s arrest on June 24, forensic investigators went through his car with a fine-tooth comb and found a number of hairs and bloodstains which matched with Ms Kapoor’s DNA profile.

Martin Heslop QC, defending Mohan, put to the jury that Mr Flanders and Ms Kapoor were not in a relationship but that Mr Flanders was instead her “pimp”.

He said to Mr Flanders: “You were demanding money from him [Mohan] because he was with your prostitute girlfriend and you were threatening to expose him to the police, or even beat him up, if he did not pay money to you through her.”

The trial continues.

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