A man has been convicted of the murder of a wealthy Durham woman who was stabbed to death in her flat and her body hidden in the boot of a car.
Rakesh Bhayani, 41, killed 49-year-old Carole Waugh, said to have been a lonely woman who worked as an amateur escort.
Co-accused Nicholas Kutner, 48, was found not guilty of murder by a jury at the Old Bailey, but guilty of perverting the course of justice by concealing the death. He had already admitted conspiracy to defraud.
Ms Waugh, 49, died at her flat in Marylebone, central London. Her body was placed in a bag, which was carried to a car. The vehicle was initially stored in a central London car park, then left in a rented garage in New Malden, south London.
A third defendant, Elie Khoury, 40, of Spring Street, Paddington, central London, was found not guilty of conspiracy to defraud.
Mr Justice Wilkie deferred sentencing until tomorrow for Bhayani, of Chamberlayne Avenue, Wembley, north west London, and Kutner, of Leighton Road, Kentish Town, north west London, to allow for Ms Waugh’s family to attend.
He said: “I am particularly aware that the family of Carole Waugh are not in attendance today and that it should be desirable that they should be present.
“I have in mind that I should proceed to sentence tomorrow when they will be here and therefore able to hear what is said. I know that they are coming from a long way distant.”