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Fantasist guilty of murdering gay man after bondage sex session

Jason Marshall stripped, gagged and smothered 58-year-old Peter Fasoli with cling film before setting light to his flat.

A fantasist caught on camera terrorising a vulnerable gay man in his own home has been found guilty of murder amid accusations police missed opportunities to catch him before he struck again.

Posing as a policeman and an MI5 agent, Jason Marshall, 28, stripped, gagged and smothered 58-year-old Peter Fasoli with cling film before setting light to his flat to cover his tracks.

For nearly two years, computer repairman Mr Fasoli’s death was put down to an accident until his nephew stumbled across CCTV of his murder stored on his hard drive. The sound of Myleene Klass’s Classic FM show was playing in the background of the footage.

In the meantime, Marshall had used Mr Fasoli’s bank cards to buy a flight to Rome, where he continued his violent spree, killing a second man and attempting to murder a third within weeks.

Marshall, from East Ham, east London, who is already serving 16 years for the attacks in Italy, was found guilty of Mr Fasoli’s murder and arson following an Old Bailey trial.

The jury deliberated for just over an hour.

Marshall showed no reaction as the verdicts were delivered.

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Peter Fasoli

The case has raised questions about why the original investigation failed to spot that Mr Fasoli’s bank cards were used after his death or that his murder was caught on CCTV.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell likened the case to that of gay serial killer Stephen Port and said he was “shocked and surprised” the Independent Police Complaints Commission was not investigating.

He said: “This case has echoes of the serial killings by Stephen Port. There appears to have been missed opportunities and serious failings of the police investigation.

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Jason Marshall

“Why did they not check the victim’s mobile phone, computer, bank transactions and CCTV?

“I’m shocked and surprised that the IPCC is not ordering an investigation.

“Yet again we are hearing about the horrific killing of a gay man where the police seem to have not followed quite basic investigative procedures.

“This case is another example of an isolated, vulnerable gay man being targeted by a predator using gay dating apps.”

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Peter Fasoli's flat

The trial had heard how former male escort Marshall stalked victims on gay dating website Badoo.

He went to Mr Fasoli’s flat in Northolt, west London, on the evening of January 6, 2013, on the pretext of bondage sex, dressed as a law enforcement agent complete with handcuffs, police utility belt, holster and latex gloves.

He “arrested” Mr Fasoli “for being a spy” and during his fake interrogation he threatened to cut his tongue with a large hunting knife to extract his PIN numbers. He then stole £780.

Jurors were shown harrowing footage of the victim bound and naked on his bed, begging for his life and complaining he could not breathe when Marshall wound cling film around his head.

The original investigation into Mr Fasoli’s death concluded he died accidentally from smoke inhalation and the blaze was probably caused by a light bulb above his bed, although the court heard it was switched off.

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