A conman who murdered a County Durham woman and then went about emptying her bank accounts has been sentenced to 27 years in prison.
Rakesh Bhayani stabbed Carole Waugh to death and hid her body, and then spent most of her life's earnings on luxury hotels, prostitutes and designer goods.
Mr Justice Wilkie said Bhayani "ruthlessly targeted" Ms Waugh and murdered her with "greed, callousness and total lack of any regard."
He said: "Without a second thought, you calmly and comprehensively set about stealing her identity" and a complete "asset-stripping of her persona".
Conman Rakesh Bhayani has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 27 years for murdering County Durham woman Carole Waugh.
Bhayani stabbed Miss Waugh to death and went about spending hundreds of thousands of pounds of her money.
A conman and gambler who was found guilty of killing a wealthy County Durham escort will be sentenced on Thursday (28 November).
Rakesh Bhayani murdered Carole Waugh for her money and left her body in the boot of a car.
A man has been found guilty of stabbing a wealthy County Durham woman to death and hiding her body in the boot of a car.
Carole Waugh was from Haswell but moved to London for her career.
A jury at the Old Bailey found Rakesh Bhayani guilty of murder.
Dan Ashby reports.
Rakesh Bhayani has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of the murder of wealthy business woman Carole Waugh, who was originally from Durham.
Another man, Nicholas Kutner, was found not guilty of murder.