A man posing as a policeman has been convicting of murder after he was filmed smothering and suffocating his victim.
Jason Marshall, 28, tricked Peter Fasoli, 58, into allowing himself to be bound and gagged at Mr Fasoli’s bungalow in Northolt in 2013.
Marshall was caught on a laptop camera smothering Mr Fasoli with a sheet of cling film. He then set the building alight in an attempt to cover his actions.
Although Marshall thought he had killed Mr Fasoli, it is possible he was still alive when the fire was started.
Marshall, who had pretended to be an undercover police or MI5 officer during the course of the murder, fled the country and went on to commit another murder in Italy three weeks later.
A relative of Mr Fasoli discovered the footage on the laptop almost two years after the incident, leading to Marshall’s extradition and arrest.
Sally-Anne Russell from the CPS said: “Jason Marshall murdered Peter Fasoli after being invited into his home. He suffocated him before lighting a fire to cover his tracks.
“If it hadn’t been for Mr Fasoli’s own laptop footage, Marshall may have escaped justice. That video, which was extremely disturbing, clearly showed Marshall’s true intentions and undermined any false account he could give, leading to today’s guilty verdict. Our thoughts are now with Mr Fasoli’s family.”
Marshall was found guilty of murder and arson and is due to be sentenced at a later date.