A banker accused of murdering Christina Abbotts, an escort, bludgeoning her to death with a pestle has told a court he was acting in self-defense, doing “everything possible” to stop her trying to kill him.
Zahid Naseem denies murdering Abbotts, whose body was found on her 29th birthday this May.
The banker is accused of striking her intentionally 13 times on the back of the head with the pestle during a cocaine fueled evening. The incident occurred while Naseem was house sitting a flat in Crawley, West Sussex.
Previously the banker had claimed to have awoken to find Abbotts dead, having “no idea” as to what had happened.
While Abbotts told family she worked in IT in London, she was secretly working advertising services on AdultWork.com. On the site she listed BDSM (bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism) as a service she offered.
Naseem told the court that Abbotts, sitting on top of him, had put her hands around his throat after she allegedly suggested that is was something “fun” she had done with other clients. Jurors listened as an emotional Naseem said: “While it was still in the silly stage, I didn’t have any issue with it. At some stage, she did hold my neck and she didn’t let go.
“I did try and push her off and I couldn’t push her off and all of a sudden I realized I was beginning to choke. I was being strangled to death.”
Prosecutor, Christopher Tehrani, dismissed his testimony as a “pack of lies,” suggesting that Naseem became angry with Abbotts and carried out the “savage” attack.
The trial continues.
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