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Eminem impersonator admits killing NRI

A 21-year-old man, an Eminem impersonator, has been jailed for the brutal killing of an NRI law student, Jagdip Najran.

india Updated: Dec 02, 2005 17:43 IST

A 21-year-old man, an Eminem impersonator, has been jailed for the brutal killing of an NRI law student, Jagdip Najran.

Christopher Duncan, who dressed like the rapper and had similar tattoos, is facing life in prison after admitting to the murder of the 26-year-old law student in May last year.

Najran had told a friend that she admired Duncan and looked forward to seeing him again after watching him sing at a karaoke night, but when she went to his flat one night he battered her with a baseball bat and stuffed her unconscious and half-dressed into a suitcase.

Najran, who was in her final year at London Metropolitan University, died from head injuries, but the court was told that she had survived for at least an hour in the suitcase, found after Duncan fled to Blackpool where he was arrested.

The incident has similarities to the video of Eminem's most famous song, Stan, in which the narrator ties up his girlfriend and bundles her into his car boot before driving into a river.

Duncan, who had also dyed his hair blond to look like Eminem, was remanded in custody on Thursday until Monday when he will be sentenced for Najran's murder.

Police are now preparing to question Duncan, a petty criminal who took drugs and was said by doctors to have a personality disorder, over the murder of Margaret Muller, a prize winning American artist who was stabbed while she was jogging in a park in East London in February 2003.

It was prompted by a comment from his father that although his son had admitted killing Najran, they would not be able to "pin" the murder of the American on him.

Duncan pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to the NRI student's murder and faces a mandatory life sentence but Judge David Paget is to consider the minimum term he will serve.

"His motive for this unprovoked and brutal killing of a defenceless and vulnerable woman has not been established. There is no sensible explanation for what he did," Jonathan Laidlaw of the prosecution said.

Laidlaw said Najran had an interest in singing and hoped to be a professional singer. She met Duncan at a karaoke night a few weeks earlier and, on May 13 last year, told a friend that she was going to another karaoke night at a pub in Bishopsgate, central London to see him.

"As the evening progressed, the defendant sang Eminem songs and also knew the dance routines," Laidlaw said. "His behaviour was described as aggressive."

Earlier, Najran had told a friend that she was excited at the thought of the meeting. "She described him as a Scotsman called Chris who was an Eminem lookalike," Laidlaw said. "One of the tragic features of this case is the terrible misjudgement she made of him."

Duncan's white tracksuit was found covered in blood in a neighbouring flat after the incident.

First Published: Dec 02, 2005 17:36 IST