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Teenager dies after being found on fire

A teenager has died after she was found on fire in south-west London. Police and the London Fire Brigade were called to a level crossing on West Barnes Lane, New Malden, where they found the 18-year-old on fire. They put out the blaze but the woman died at the scene.

A formal identification is yet to be made, but police believe they know the identity of the woman and her next of kin have been notified. The cause of the fire is being investigated, and police are treating the death as unexplained. It's believed the fire started at a nearby home in Linkway

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.

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.

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