A 29-year-old woman, who told her friends she was an IT consultant but actually worked as an escort, was found dead after a brutal attack by one of her customers, it is alleged.
Christina Abbotts was beaten around the head 13 times during the attack, as well as strangled. The attack is believed to have been carried out by a 47-year-old banker, who was a regular customer of Christina’s.
Police were called to Christina’s apartment when a friend, Roshan Pariag, became concerned after she failed to turn up to her own birthday party. After visiting the flat but getting no answer, Roshan called the police.
As well as finding Christina’s body, police also apparently found the 47-year-old man lying on the sofa, pretending to be semi-conscious. He was taken to hospital and later arrested for Christina’s murder, which he reportedly denies.
At the recent trial, Lewes Crown Court, UK, heard how Christina had dropped out of university and began working as an escort, reportedly charging $2,500 for her services, and going by the name Tilly Pexton.
She apparently covered up her secret life by telling friends she worked in IT. The court also heard that Christina enjoyed her lifestyle, travelling the world and living as a ‘party girl’.
Howard Joseph, a pilot and friend of Christina’s who met her while she was working as a caterer in South Africa, said:
She enjoyed going out and partying. She was very personable. She was a very enjoyable person to share time with.
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.
Christina had booked the Park Plaza Hotel in London for her birthday party on May 25 this year, 2018.
However, the night before the party, she had an appointment with her regular client – the 47-year-old banker. The pair were seen on CCTV buying alcohol and going to her apartment.
The court then heard that, at around noon the following day, the client allegedly bludgeoned Christina around the head with a kitchen pestle and left her to die on the bed.
The man then reportedly sent a message to his estranged partner, saying ‘It’s too late. I’m sorry. Life isn’t going to work out for me.’ NY Post reports.
His partner replied: ‘What have you done?’ but the man did not reply or answer when she tried to call him.
Her friend Roshan drove to Christina’s apartment at around 11pm that night, after she failed to turn up at the hotel for her party. When he couldn’t get hold of her, he called police, who turned up at around 2.30am and broke into the apartment.
I could tell from the looks on their faces that something tragic had happened.
The post mortem revealed the 29-year-old had suffered 13 injuries to her head, as well ‘compression injuries’ to her neck which were ‘consistent with her being strangled’.
Our thoughts are with Christina’s family at this difficult time.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.