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Prosecutors said David Harris offered three men large sums of money to kill his partner, Hazel Allinson, a former scriptwriter.

But prosecution lawyer William Boyce said the producer was "utterly sinister, utterly convincing and utterly intent on the death of Hazel".

Jurors convicted Harris of soliciting murder after deliberating for five hours. It can now be reported that she offered evidence in support of his defence while in the witness box.

She said: "There was a prolonged period of nearly a year where he actively sought to murder his life partner".

He initially approached mechanic Chris May for debt collection before offering him a deal for the hit on his partner.

Sentencing has been adjourned until 14th July for a report about whether Harris has a personality disorder.

In February previous year, he allegedly approached tyre fitter Chris May, who rather than carrying out the hit tried to warn Ms Allinson, jurors have heard.

Harris was then put in contact with 6ft 3in "man mountain" Zed - real name Duke Dean - through a friend at Nooks cafe in Stratford, east London, near to where Ms Cekaviciute had enrolled in college.

The potential hitman "Chris" was an undercover officer who taped his meeting with Harris in a Sainsbury's vehicle park as the pensioner told him: "Whatever happens, it's got to be fatal".

In the tape, Harris says: "I will be suitably distressed because I will be distressed there's no doubt about it".

The police officer recorded a meeting with Harris to discuss the plot in Balham, south London.

Asked if he was sure about it, he said: "I've never been more deadly serious about anything".

They told jurors at London's Central Criminal Court that Harris, 68, wanted to kill Allinson, inherit her fortune and move in with his girlfriend, a former professional basketball player from Lithuania in her 20s.

During his trial Harris said he had an active libido and met Cekaviciute on a visit to a Worthing brothel, saying he thought she was "too young and too nice" to be there.

Andrew Hadik of the CPS said: "The idea that David Harris was only researching a murder mystery novel was itself a piece of fiction".

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