David Jeffs was convicted today at Croydon Crown Court for the murder of Roberto Troyan on 8 March 2013. Jeffs was also convicted of fraud and will be sentenced at a later date.
Baljit Ubhey, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: “This was a case of cold and calculated deception which resulted in the violent murder of Roberto Troyan by David Jeffs.
“As Mr Troyan’s financial adviser, David Jeffs was able to gain his trust but then quickly began to abuse that relationship to fund his own extravagant and excessive lifestyle.
“Jeffs exploited Mr Troyan’s lack of financial knowledge to steal £343,000 which he spent on sports cars, luxury hotels, exotic holidays and hospitality tickets to sporting events.
“When he realised his dishonesty was about to be exposed Jeffs murdered Mr Troyan and created an elaborate web of lies to account for his spending and to cover-up the murder.
“Today he has been brought to justice for his crimes and we hope his conviction will bring some comfort to Mr Troyan’s family. Our thoughts are with them at this time.”