London, Dec 8: In a case that has seen unattractive and raw human emotions at work, an NRI medical student ordered two "gangster friends" to kill a "besotted" Sikh television executive in revenge after he tried to rape her
Mundill Mahil, 20, lured millionaire Gagandip Singh to her house, where he was beaten unconscious then bundled into the boot of a car and burned alive, a jury was told in a court on Tuesday.
She allegedly told friends she wanted Singh dead - and, the court heard, persuaded another man who was infatuated with her to murder him.
Singh, 21, was killed in February, after the "intelligent and attractive young woman" convinced him, through a series of text messages, to come to her student digs in Brighton at 11pm, prosecutors told the Court.
But when he walked into her bedroom, carrying a teddy bear and flowers, he found Harvinder Shoker - who was also in love with Mahil - and "hired muscle" Darren Peters waiting for him, the court heard.
During the beating Singh - the owner of a new broadcasting service called Sikh TV - screamed Mahil's name and begged for help, it was claimed.
The two men, both 20, wrapped the victim in Mahil's duvet and bundled him into the boot of the Mercedes he arrived in, then drove to a quiet street in Blackheath, south-east London, doused the car in petrol and set it alight, the Old Bailey court was told.
A post mortem examination revealed Singh was still alive when the fire was started.
Prosecutor Aftab Jafferjee told the jury that the attack was carried out to "exact revenge and retribution" on Singh, whom Mahil knew "remained besotted by her".
"At the heart of this case there lies some unattractive and raw human emotions at work", he said.