A MAN alleged to have killed his lover’s husband by repeatedly stabbing him in a hotel room in Pakistan has been double-crossed, a court heard.
Divorcee Ian Priddle, 46, is claimed to have hatched a plot with his girlfriend Yasira Pervez, who is half his age, to murder 21-year-old Khurrum Mukhtar so they could start a new life together.
But Mr Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, suggested at Manchester Crown Court that after their victim had been "slaughtered" with a butcher’s knife on 30 December 2006, Pervez, of Pendle Street, Accrington, decided her lover had served his purpose.
He said that after both were arrested at Manchester Airport on suspicion of murder when they returned to the UK on New Year’s Eve her feelings for her former boss rapidly cooled.
The court heard she asked Priddle, of Jubilee Road, Hasling-den, to write two letters confessing to the killing in order to exonerate her.
One said: "What happened was horrible but Pervez had nothing to do with it. I did this bad thing on my own. May God forgive me."
The second said: "I was the one who murdered Khurrum Mukh-tar. I was the one who stabbed him."
Priddle admits writing the letters but maintains he did so only because Pervez said she needed them in order to bring her family back together in the wake of the tragedy, and promised not to hand them to the police.
But Mr Wright suggested: "You were so infatuated with her that you did it to help her and you did it in a bid to keep her."
The court was also played a taped message in which Priddle is alleged to be the speaker, saying: "Yasira Pervez had nothing to do with Khurrum Mukhtar’s murder in Pakistan. I take full responsibility for the murder. Yasira would never hurt anybody."
Priddle denies being the speaker on the tape and denies sending a text message also confessing to the killing.
Pervez, a shop manageress and law student, has admitted being in room 109 of the Comfort Inn in Rawalpindi, where the killing took place, but she says she tried to stop her lover from attacking her husband. She has opted not to give evidence.
At the beginning of the trial it was stated that she and Mr Mukhtar, who were cousins, had gone through an arranged marriage in Pakistan in 2004.
She then returned to her family home in Accrington while he remained in Pakistan living with his widowed mother until he had got the documents he needed to apply for a visa to join her.
Instead, the court was told, Pervez and Priddle became lovers after meeting at work.
It is alleged that the pair travelled secretly to Pakistan to "remove her now-unwanted husband from the equation".
The court heard Pervez lured her husband to a hotel room and then arrived with Priddle.
A man and woman matching their descriptions were seen leaving the hotel hurriedly just minutes before Mr Mukhtar was found in a bedroom, dying from repeated stab wounds.
The couple concocted a story about being with friends the whole time and denied being anywhere near the murder scene.
Priddle and Pervez both deny murder.
The trial continues.