A U.K. financial advisor has been found guilty of murdering his millionaire socialite client after defrauding him of more than half a million dollars to fund his lavish lifestyle.
David Jeffs, 36, beat his 63-year-old client to death at his home in Mayfair – one of the U.K.'s poshest neighbourhoods – when he realized his gig could be up, a court heard. Troyan’s body was found by a cleaner in his kitchen on March 8.
Jeffs drove sports cars, dined at fine restaurants and stayed at top hotels using Robert Troyan's cash, which amounted to £343,000, the prosecution revealed during the trial.
“This defendant took advantage of a frail and vulnerable man for his own gains over a long period,” prosecutor Edward Brown told the jury. “This is what was about to come to an end and he was likely to be exposed for what he really was – the consequences were dire.”
Brown stopped short of calling killing premediated, although Jeffs attempted to cover his tracks by purchasing replica clothes to replace those that were bloodstained. Investigators later found Troyan's blood on a briefcase Jeffs was carrying when he visited the socialite’s home. (continued on Page 2.)