Escort denies murder of reclusive pensioner

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A Russian prostitute murdered a sickly and reclusive pensioner during a fight at his house in an upmarket Surrey suburb, a court heard yesterday.

Natalia Woolley, 38, who described herself on websites as "alluring to all men and incredibly sexy", is accused of leaving 69-year-old Winston Fernandez slumped lifeless against his bed on 16 January this year.

Guildford Crown Court heard Mr Fernandez, an alcoholic, was not found until almost a month after his death when a concerned neighbour contacted police. William Saunders, prosecuting, said Ms Woolley, from west Kensington, London, was registered with the Diamond Escorts and 24-Carat Escorts agencies.

Opening the case, he said Mr Fernandez saw Ms Woolley a number of times in the months leading up to his death, and wrote a review on her website page saying he was "addicted" to her.

Mr Saunders said: "In brief terms, Mr Fernandez was a 69-year-old man who lived alone in Epsom.

"His wife had died in 2000 and he was estranged from his two sons. He was a lonely, difficult old man who frequently found comfort in alcohol. He had also started to use the services of girls from escort agencies.

"And one of those girls was the defendant, Natalia Woolley. And on the evening of 16 January, she went to his address at his request and by mutual arrangement.

"Miss Woolley was the last person to see him alive. By the time she left in the early hours of 17 January, he had suffered multiple injuries and was left dead, or left for dead. He was not found until 13 February."

The barrister said Ms Woolley had cut both his telephone lines before making off into the night.

Ms Woolley denies murder. The trial continues.