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A baggage handler has been found guilty of murdering his lover, a British Airways hostess 24 years his junior, in a “fit of rage” as he tried to steal her money to fund his drug habit, according to a report.
Jayesh Gobar, 36, was convicted by a jury at Hove Crown Court of the murder of Nelly Myers, 58, a customer service worker at London’s Gatwick Airport, at her home in Rotherfield, East Sussex, on Dec. 17 2019, The Argus reported.
“There is only one sentence I can pass, and that is life imprisonment, but I need the assistance of counsel before I can decide what the appropriate minimum term is,” said Judge Christine Laing, who adjourned the case for sentencing Wednesday.
Prosecutor Richard Hearnden told the trial that Myers had a “passionate” relationship with Gobar and was “devoted” to him, adding that the defendant appeared to be “only interested in her money.”
Gobar had been jailed in 2018 for robbery after he attacked Myers at her home before forcing her to take £50 – about $67 — from a bank, Hearnden said, according to the news outlet.
Despite being ordered to stay away from Myers, Gobar contacted her by phone while he was in prison — and after his release last year, they continued their relationship after she sent him a friend request on Facebook.
“Mrs. Myers fell in love with Mr. Gobar, there is no other way of putting this, she was totally obsessed with him and was devoted to him,” he said.
“What they had was an irregular and turbulent but often passionate acquaintance,” the prosecutor continued.
“Sexual intimacy happened but was infrequent; while she craved company and attention, he on the other hand seemed to be only interested in her money,” Hearnden said. “She was always giving him cash and he was using that cash for drugs.”
Myers’ body was found, partially dressed, at her home on Dec. 18, 2019, after her son James alerted police. She had suffered multiple injuries and died of severe head trauma.
The prosecutor said Gobar’s footprint was found on paperwork in the home. Myers’ blood was found on his shoes when he was arrested.
“Mr. Gobar was not a professional killer. He killed her in a fit of rage in order to steal from her thereby to feed a drug habit,” he said.
Myers, who was born in Peru, worked for the country’s national airline before she met and married British Airways pilot Kevin Myers – but the marriage ended in divorce in 2014.
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