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.
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.
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.
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, 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."
The case into the death of former oil exec Carole Waugh is underway at the old bailey. Nicholas Kutner + Rakesh Bhayani charged with murder
Both men admit defrauding Ms Waugh by withdrawing cash from her bank accounts and taking out loans and using credit cards in her name.
Prosecution: Waugh was "a lonely woman looking for male companionship" who had worked in Libya as an account clerk in an oil firm
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.
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.
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.
Six others accused of conspiracy to defraud were remanded on bail to the next hearing.
Two men have been charged with conspiracy to defraud in connection with the investigation into the murder of wealthy former oil executive Carole Waugh.
Miss Waugh's body was found with a single stab wound inside a car in a lock-up garage in Lime Court, New Malden, south west London, on August 2.
Derek Eastham, 55, of Great Peter Street, Westminster, central London, was charged yesterday while Elie Khoury, 39, of Spring Street, Paddington, central London, was charged today.
The outline of the alleged offence is that, between April 15 and August 1, Eastham conspired with others to defraud banks and other financial institutions and was in possession of criminal property, namely a quantity of counterfeit currency.
A woman arrested by detectives investigating the death of oil executive Carole Waugh and alleged fraud committed using her identity has been released on bail.
The 63-year-old, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, was detained on Monday morning on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud.
She was questioned at a police station in south London before being bailed on Monday night until a date in October, Scotland Yard said.
Miss Waugh, 50, vanished after a family party in April this year and her body was eventually found in a lock-up garage in New Malden, south-west London on August 2.
A post-mortem examination found she had suffered a stab wound, and Rakesh Bhayani, 40, and Nicholas Kutner, 47, have been charged with her murder.
Kutner also faces two charges relating to renting Miss Waugh's Marylebone property and one of unlawfully withdrawing funds from her bank account.
Detectives investigating the death of oil executive Carole Waugh and alleged fraud committed using her identity after she died have made another arrest.
A 63-year-old woman from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, was detained this morning on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and is currently being questioned at a police station in south London.
Miss Waugh, 50, vanished after a family party in April this year and her body was eventually found in a lock-up garage in New Malden, south-west London, on August 2.