Court: Adviser originally from Peterborough killed millionaire

David Jeffs. Photo: �Nick Razzell
David Jeffs. Photo: �Nick Razzell
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A financial adviser, originally from Peterborough, who battered his Mayfair millionaire client to death is facing a life sentence after being convicted of murder.

However, David Jeffs (36) who murdered wealthy socialite Roberto Troyan (63) must wait to hear full details of his fate after sentencing was adjourned to 10 December.

During the trial, Croydon Crown Court was told the dead man had received a large inheritance from his late civil partner, interior designer Anthony Feldman.

But twice-married father-of-one Jeffs, who grew up in Peterborough and attended Walton Junior and Senior School, looted £343,000 to fund a lifestyle of flash cars and expensive hotels, holidays and restaurants,

Jeffs, of Arnold, Nottingham, denied but was convicted of murdering Mr Troyan at the Mount Street address on March 8 and of defrauding him between March 1, 2010 and December 2, last year. He shook his head as the verdicts were announced.

Prosecutor, Edward Brown QC had told the jury: “Jeffs took advantage of a frail and vulnerable man over a long period. He was able to live the high life, but all at the expense of the deceased, who when the defendant first met him was a rich man.

“He died less rich by hundreds of thousands of pounds thanks to this defendant’s dishonesty. The defendant relied on the deceased, or his wealth, for his own lifestyle.

CCTV evidence showed Jeffs spent 15 minutes inside Mr Troyan’s flat. Mr Brown said: “In those 15 minutes, he was the one who, perhaps in just a few seconds or minutes, beat that frail man, most likely because he was about to bring to an end his gravy train, his lifestyle and very possibly his liberty.”

The court heard Mr Troyan had voiced dissatisfaction with Jeffs to his cleaner/housekeeper Mrs Davey Aganon and was becoming increasingly concerned about his investments and cash flow.

Jeffs was employed by a partnership of financial and wealth management firms and invested £1.2 million for Mr Troyan in an off-shore bank. The jury were told he abused his client’s trust, buying himself two Lotus sports cars, blowing £19,500 in one night at lap dancing club and treating himself to “expensive” holidays abroad. There were VIP rugby and polo events, and expensive hotels.

Jeffs told police he was Mr Troyan’s £1,000 a week “financial concierge” and had been paid two years’ salary in advance.