A murdered escort known as a party girl by her “posh friends” told them she was an IT consultant to cover up her double life as a sex worker, a court heard.
Christina Abbotts, who enjoyed watching polo and “partied a lot” secretly charged $2,500 for her sexual services.
She was beaten around the head 13 times in a brutal attack and strangled, allegedly by a banker who was a regular customer.
Father-of-two Zahid Naseem, 47, is accused of the 29-year-old’s murder, at around midnight on her birthday.
Lewes Crown Court in the UK heard Abbotts, who had dropped out of Oxford Brookes University, told friends and family she was working in IT.
But in reality she was an escort using the pseudonym, Tilly Pexton, advertising her sexual services online.
The court heard she lived the high-life traveling around the world, known by her friends as a party girl who drank heavily and took cocaine.
She also attended Royal Ascot, the theater and polo matches with friends and took her family out for lavish restaurant meals.
In a statement read to court her father, Michael Abbotts, said: “She had very [fancy] friends.”
Friend Howard Joseph, an airline pilot, said he first met her through his brother, also a pilot, who had met her when she was working for a commercial caterer in South Africa.
He said: “She enjoyed going out and partying. She was very personable. She was a very enjoyable person to share time with.”
He added: “She certainly drank a lot, partied a lot, lived life to the full. I’m not someone to judge if someone is an alcoholic or not.”
The court heard how Abbotts had booked the Park Plaza Hotel at County Hall, London for friends on May 25 for her birthday.
But the night before her birthday bash she saw regular client Naseem.
The pair went to a grocery store where they were seen on CCTV buying alcohol.
The court heard they went to her apartment for a drug- and alcohol-fuelled sex session.
But the court heard that sometime around midday, Naseem bludgeoned Abbotts around the head with a kitchen pestle and left her to die on the bed in a pool of her own blood.
Just hours later he is alleged to have messaged his estranged partner, Helen Jervis, saying: “It’s too late. I’m sorry. Life isn’t going to work out for me.”
She replied: “What have you done?” and when there was no reply she tried to call but could not get an answer.
When Abbotts failed to turn up at her party her friends became increasingly concerned, trying to get hold of her.
Eventually, friend Roshan Pariag drove from London to her apartment at 11:00 p.m. and when he couldn’t get an answer at the door, he alerted police and two female officers broke into the top-floor apartment at 2:30 a.m.
Pariag, who was waiting downstairs, told the court: “I could tell from the looks on their faces that something tragic had happened.”
A post-mortem later found Abbotts had suffered 13 injuries to her head and compression injuries to her neck “consistent with her being strangled.”
He was taken to the hospital but was later arrested and charged with her murder which he denies.
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