London: A NRI medical student accused of luring a "besotted" Sikh TV executive into a honeytrap that ended in his murder has admitted "moral responsibility" for his death.
Mundill Mahil, 20, allegedly ordered two "gangsters" to kill Gagandip Singh, 21, in revenge after he tried to rape her.
The "intelligent and attractive young woman" told Singh to come to her house, where he was beaten unconscious, then bundled into the boot of a car and burned alive, The Daily Mail said quoting court hearing.
At the Old Bailey court, defence lawyer Michael Birnbaum said Mahil was "horrified" by the murder.
"She acknowledges a substantial amount of moral responsibility for the death of Gagandip," he was quoted as telling the jury yesterday.
"It goes without saying this is a most dreadful killing and you will have sympathy for the friends and the family of young Gagandip".
But Mahil denies ordering her "gangster friends" Harinder Shoker and Darren Peters, both 20, to kill Singh, the owner of a new broadcasting service, Sikh TV, in February, the report said.
Instead, Birnbaum told the jury his client, who was a 19-year-old student in her second year at Brighton and Sussex Medical School at the time, had only planned to "lecture" Singh about how to treat women.
The pair had become close in 2009, but Mahil had resisted his romantic advances. She allowed Singh to stay on the sofa at her student home in Brighton in August 2010.
But during one night he came up to her bedroom and committed "a most serious sexual assault".
Birnbaum said the attack may not have been attempted rape but to Mahil "it felt like it".
She did not report the attack to the police or tell her family because she "felt too ashamed".
Later she learnt that Singh had harassed other women and "felt betrayed" by his behaviour, the paper said.