Oil exec 'murdered for assets'

A wealthy woman was murdered in central London by two professional conmen with gambling habits, who then recruited women to impersonate her so they could take her goods as well as her life, a court has heard.

Former oil executive 'murdered for her assets'

A wealthy woman was murdered in central London by two professional conmen with gambling habits, who then recruited women to impersonate her so they could take her goods as well as her life, a court has heard.

Her body was found in a garage in New Malden three months after she disappeared.

The court heard she was targeted by conmen who recruited women to impersonate her so they could steal from her.

Luke Hanrahan reports from court:

Trial adjorned in Carole Waugh murder case

The prosecutor in the case of a wealthy woman murdered in central London has said Carole Waugh was something of a Walter Mitty character, with rather fanciful notions about herself.

"She was prone to exaggeration, about her jobs in the past or her jobs in the future", Patrick Gibbs QC said.

In the last 18 months of her life she met a lot of men through adult work, calling herself Sam. Her user name on a website was posh totty fun, and she wrote that she was not a professional, but an enthusiastic amateur, offering a true girlfriend experience, and interested in good clean adult fun.

The trial was adjourned until 10am on Monday.

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Waugh 'put in car boot and left in various car parks'

A wealthy woman appears to have been stabbed in the neck and murdered in her central London flat, a court heard today. Prosecutor Patrick Gibbs said that Carole Waugh seemed to have been killed on or by her bed. He added:

In all likelihood she was killed in her bedroom, wrapped in whatever was to hand, and then later crammed into a large holdall, put in the boot of an old car, and left in various car parks.

It looks as if her killers were hoping to dispose of the body in a secluded spot in the Cotswolds, but seem to have thought better of it and used a garage in New Malden, which had been rented for the purpose.

Carole Waugh 'lent £40k to conman while in prison'

A wealthy woman murdered in her central London flat by two professional conmen had known one of the men for quite a while, and had visited him in prison, a court heard today.

Carole Waugh was said to have lent Rakesh Bhayani £40,000, prosecutor Patrick Gibbs said today. Mr Gibbs added:

It seems that she had been intimate with him at one time or another in the past.

She may have first met him through an advertisement of herself as an escort that she had placed on the internet.

Once he had been released from prison, knowing how much she had, he planned that she should die.

Women used to impersonate Waugh to 'strip her assets'

A number of woman were used to impersonate a wealthy woman, after she was murdered in her central London flat, the Old Bailey was told.

The court heard that at Rakesh Bhayani's instigation, who has been accused of her murder, the women pretended to be oil executive Carole Waugh buying things under her name.

Patrick Gibbs QC, prosecuting, told the jury:

They were rehearsed by Mr Bhayani, nursemaided by Mr Bhayani and usually accompanied by Mr Bhayani around London, and on the telephone, stripping Carole Waugh's assets.

Carole Waugh's wealth 'was to prove her undoing'

A wealthy woman murdered in central London worked as an amateur escort, while living alone in a flat just off the Edgware Road, a court heard today.

Carole Waugh, 49, was stabbed in the neck in her flat in Marylebone, the Old Bailey was told. Patrick Gibbs QC, prosecuting, told the jury:

She wasn't married, she didn't have a steady boyfriend. She was, it seems, a lonely woman on the lookout for male company.

She was a woman who had plenty of money. That was to prove her undoing.

She owned her flat, it was worth more than £600,000, she had savings, shares, jewellery, of which she was proud, and a cash income from working as an amateur escort.

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Men 'took Carole Waugh's life and her worldly goods'

A wealthy woman was murdered in central London by two professional conmen with gambling habits, who then recruited women to impersonate her so they could take her goods as well as her life, a court has heard.

Carole Waugh murdered by 'two professional conmen'. Credit: PA Wire

Carole Waugh, 49, was stabbed in the neck in her flat in Marylebone, the Old Bailey was told.

Patrick Gibbs QC, prosecuting, told the jury: "The Crown cannot say whose hand was on the weapon.

"But whoever struck the fatal blow, we say that Mr Bhayani and Mr Kutner planned it, and were responsible for it, and having taken her life, they then systematically took all her worldly goods as well."

'Lonely' Carole Waugh was 'looking for companionship'

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The case into the death of former oil exec Carole Waugh is underway at the old bailey. Nicholas Kutner + Rakesh Bhayani charged with murder

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Both men admit defrauding Ms Waugh by withdrawing cash from her bank accounts and taking out loans and using credit cards in her name.

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Prosecution: Waugh was "a lonely woman looking for male companionship" who had worked in Libya as an account clerk in an oil firm

Two due in court over oil tycoon Carole Waugh murder

The trial of two men charged with the murder of oil executive Carole Waugh, whose body was found with a single stab wound inside a car at a garage in south-west London in August 2012, is due to begin today.

Rakesh Bhayani, 40, and Nicholas Kutner, 47, are charged with murdering the 50-year-old, who disappeared from her central London home.

Carol Waugh disappeared from her home in Marylebone last spring Credit: Metropolitan Police

Woman admits impersonating murder victim

Carol Waugh disappeared from her home in Marylebone last spring Credit: Metropolitan Police

A woman has admitted impersonating murdered former oil executive Carole Waugh in order to hire a car.

Miss Waugh disappeared from her home in Marylebone last spring.Her body was found with a single stab wound inside a car in a lock-up garage in Lime Court, New Malden, on August 2nd.

Carole's body was discovered in a car in a garage in New Malden Credit: Metropolitan Police

Julie Witham, 47, of Enfield, north London, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to conspiracy to defraud.She was remanded on conditional bail to be sentenced at the same court on April 26th.

She admitted plotting to hire a car using a credit card in Miss Waugh's name between April and August last year.

Rakesh Bhayani, 41, and Nicholas Kutner, 48, who are charged with murdering Miss Waugh, 50, were remanded in custody at the same hearing.

A police officer at the scene in New Malden where Carole Waugh's body was discovered Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Six others accused of conspiracy to defraud were remanded on bail to the next hearing.

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