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Prosecuting Homicide

Murder and manslaughter are two of the offences that constitute homicide.

Manslaughter can be committed in one of three ways:

  1. killing with the intent for murder but where there is provocation, diminished responsibility or a suicide pact.
  2. conduct that was grossly negligent given the risk of death, and resulted in death.
  3. conduct, taking the form of an unlawful act involving a danger of some harm, that caused death.

With some exceptions, the crime of murder is committed, where a person:

  • of sound mind and discretion (i.e. sane):
  • unlawfully kills (i.e. not self-defence or other justified killing)
  • any reasonable creature (human being)
  • in being (born alive and breathing through its own lungs)
  • under the Queen's Peace
  • with intent to kill or cause grievous bodily harm.

There are other specific homicide offences, for example, infanticide, causing death by dangerous driving, and corporate manslaughter.

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Nisha Patel-Nasri's killers convicted


Fadi Nasri, Roger Leslie, and Jason Jones were today convicted of the murder of Nisha Patel-Nasri. Nisha bled to death at her home in Wembley on 11 May 2006 following a single stab wound to her leg. Tony Emmanuel was acquitted of murder.

During the three-month trial the jury heard that Fadi Nasri was having an affair with Laura Mockiene and was in substantial debt when he hired Roger Leslie to organise his wife's murder. Leslie in turn arranged for Jason Jones to kill her. Nasri stood to benefit significantly from his wife's insurance policies.

Moya Reed of the CPS London homicide team said:

"Initially, it appeared that Nisha Patel-Nasri was the victim of a horrific stranger attack while Fadi Nasri portrayed himself as the grieving husband. He made an emotional television appeal and stated that his wife's killer should be brought to justice. But very gradually, it became abundantly clear that Fadi Nasri was not merely complicit in Nisha's death but had instigated it."

"Our sincere sympathy goes to Nisha's family, particularly to her brother, Katen, whose wedding Nisha was preparing for when she was killed, his wife and their new-born son who will never know Nisha and the love and life that she brought to their household."

In December 2006, after a six month initial investigation, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) consulted the CPS with the results of their preliminary investigations. They traced the car pictured in CCTV footage to Tony Emmanuel and then arrested him. The CPS authorised charge along with Jason Jones who had been in the car with him and disposed of the knife in a drain.

When the telephone evidence came through, it showed a clear link between the convicted defendants. Fadi Nasri had always claimed to know why his wife had been killed but he consistently refused to tell police. As his relationship with Laura Mockiene started to unravel, the extent of his debts became clear. A close scrutiny of his financial affairs revealed that he stood to benefit significantly from his wife's death in insurance payouts, which would wipe out his debt and set him up in a new life.

Once Roger Leslie and Nasri were charged, the CPS and police team was able to piece together the story and prepare for trial. The court heard that although Nisha and Fadi appeared to be a happy couple, in the months leading up to her death Nisha had become frightened of being alone at home at night. On the night of the murder the only person who could have provided to her killer the front door key to enter the house and the murder weapon - Nisha's own kitchen knife - was her husband of three years, Fadi Nasri.

  1. Media enquiries to CPS Press Office on 020 7710 6088.
  2. The following images from the trial are available on request:
    • the silver Audi A4;
    • the murder weapon where it was discarded;
    • the Hummer limousine in front of the house.
  3. The Crown Prosecution Service is the Government Department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. It is responsible for:
    • Advising the police and reviewing the evidence on cases for possible prosecution;
    • Deciding the charge where the decision is to prosecute;
    • Preparing cases for court;
    • Presentation of cases at court;

    The CPS consists of 42 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales. The CPS employs around 8,400 people and prosecuted 1,091,250 cases with an overall conviction rate of 83.7% in 2006-2007. Further information can be found on this website.