A BAGGAGE handler has been found guilty of murder after he killed his lover – a British Airways host – in a "fit of rage."
Jayesh Gobar, 36, was convicted of murder after Nelly Myers, 58, was found dead in the hallway of her £500,000 detached home in Rotherfield, East Sussex, a week before Christmas last year.
Judge Christine Laing QC adjourned the case for sentencing on Wednesday, and told the defendant: "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."
Richard Hearnden, prosecuting, told the trial at Hove Crown Court that Mrs Myers, a customer services host at Gatwick Airport, was having a "passionate" relationship with Gobar.
She was "devoted" to him in the turbulent affair- in which she was 24 years his senior.
Mr Hearnden said Gobar appeared to be "only interested in her money" and a possible motive for the killing was to steal from her.
He told the jury that the 36-year-old had been jailed in 2018 for robbery after he attacked Mrs Myers in her home.
He wrapped his hands round her throat and threatened to kill her in a terrifying robbery attack, before forcing her to take £50 from the bank.
He said that despite Gobar being ordered to stay away from Mrs Myers, the pair were in contact by phone while he was in prison.
Following his release in 2019, they continued their relationship after she sent him a friend request on Facebook.
The prosecutor said: "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.
"What they had was an irregular and turbulent but often passionate acquaintance.
"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.
"She was always giving him cash and he was using that cash for drugs."
The divorced mother-of-two was found dead at her home on the evening of December 18 after her son James alerted police.
GUILTY OF MURDER
Officers found her lying partially dressed in the hallway, and Mr Hearnden said a post-mortem examination found that she died of severe head injuries.
She had suffered extensive injuries to her whole upper body including face, arms, neck, chest and head.
Mrs Myers had multiple rib fractures, a fractured eye socket, contusions to her head, bruising to her wrists and arms.
She also had a fatal brain injury from a blunt force impact and strangulation injuries.
The prosecutor said Gobar's footprint was found on scattered paperwork in her house and her blood was found on his shoes when he was arrested.
He said: "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."
Mr Hearnden said Mrs Myers was born in Lima, Peru, and worked for the South American country's national airline before she met and married British Airways pilot Kevin Myers.
She moved to the UK and had two sons, James and David, and they lived in the family home, "a suburban-looking detached house" in Crowborough, but Mrs Myers lived alone after the marriage ended in 2014.
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