'Fantasist killer caught on camera murdering partner during Classic FM bondage session'

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A “fantasist” killer was caught on camera murdering his lover during a bondage sex session set to Classic FM before torching his home to cover-up the crime, the Old Bailey heard. 

Jason Marshall, 28, was unwittingly filmed as he violently killed 58-year-old loner Peter Fasoli at his Northolt one-bedroom bungalow while classical music played in the background, it is said. 

He then allegedly set fire the flat to destroy the evidence and make the killing look accidental, jurors heard. 

However, Mr Fasoli’s nephew stumbled across the shocking footage – which stretches across several hours – nearly two years after the alleged murder. 

Prosecutor Edward Brown QC told the court this morning the fire, in the early hours of January 7, 2013, had been “intended to hide a terrible crime”. 

“The fire was set by this defendant in an attempt to disguise what truly happened – and the defendant Jason Marshall very nearly succeeded in escaping justice”, he said. 

“Peter Fasoli was killed, intentionally. He had been subjected to a calculated and determined attack, by this defendant whom he invited into his home. 

“In the end he literally fought for his life but by the time Mr Fasoli fully understood the true motives of the person who had tricked his way into his home, it was too late. 

“Desperate as his attempts were, he could do nothing – as you will all too graphically come to understand.”

Mr Brown said the fire was initially found to be an “accidental and tragic fire”, blamed on a faulty light in the ceiling.

But Mr Fasoli’s nephew Christopher Murgatroyd discovered the truth when looking through his uncle’s belongings which had been in storage until November 2014. 

He removed the hard drive from his uncle’s computer and plugged it into his laptop, “out of little more than curiosity”. 

“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 the prosecutor. 

Jurors have been told they will have to watch several hours of the harrowing footage during Marshall’s trial. 

Issuing a warning this morning about the “very disturbing” film they will have to watch,  Mr Brown told the jury: “The Central Criminal Court has seen many terrible crimes tried. 

“Evidence has been presented in these courts that has sometimes been difficult for jurors perhaps to leave completely behind when the verdict has been delivered by them, their jury duty then over and the 12 men and women resume their normal lives – this may be one such case.”

Mr Fasoli, who lived alone, had met Marshall, who was calling himself Gabriel, through a gay dating website called Badoo, the court heard 

 “It will become readily apparent to you during the evidence that the defendant is a fantasist”, said Mr Brown. 

“You will see that it came easily to him to invent a personality – and this was a fact that he used to his advantage on the night of January 6, to allow him to totally dominate his victim, both emotionally and physically, for his own murderous purposes.”

He said Marshall was dressed that night as “a law enforcement operative” and had convinced Mr Fasoli that he was engaged in role play. 

“While the defendant sought to tempt the deceased into thinking that their encounter that night was to be sexual in nature, the sexual element of the night’s events played only a short part early on and soon was superseded by physical domination and then violence.” 

Marshall had met up with Mr Fasoli previously, on December 30, 2012, after exchanging messages about their sexual preferences. 

He was in touch again, offering to bring another man for a three some on January 6, 2013, the day of the alleged murder. 

Mr Brown said radio station Classic FM played throughout the footage, allowing the police to determine the date and time of the film. 

Marshall, formerly from Forest Gate, denies murder. 

The trial continues.


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