Conman accused of murdering wealthy North-East woman was a skilled liar, court hears (From The Northern Echo)
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Conman accused of murdering wealthy North-East woman was a skilled liar, court hears
5:27pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
A CONMAN accused of murdering a wealthy women and draining about £1m of her assets was a "practised and extremely competent liar", a court has heard.
Carole Waugh, 49, regarded Rakesh Bhayani, 41, as a friend, even visiting him in prison and lending him £40,000, the Old Bailey was told.
He and Nicholas Kutner, 48, both described to the court as professional conmen with gambling habits, deny murdering Miss Waugh.
Miss Waugh, originally from the North-East, disappeared from her home in Marylebone, central London, last year.
It is alleged that at Mr Bhayani's instigation, the defendants - who had met in prison - pretended to be Miss Waugh.
Money kept in various bank accounts was emptied into a current account and then taken out of there, said prosecutor Patrick Gibbs QC, while payments for gold bullion worth tens of thousands of pounds were made.
A third defendant, Elie Khoury, 40, of Spring Street, Paddington, faces a charge of conspiracy to defraud, which he denies.
Miss Waugh's brother Chris described her as someone who was "determined to make her own way in the City of London" when she left the mining village in Durham where they grew up.
A statement by Miss Waugh's mother Margaret described her daughter as "very kind" and generous but said she was "obsessive" with money and liked material things.
Miss Waugh's body was found on August 2, and from the state of her remains she had been dead for many months. She was stabbed in the neck.
Mr Bhayani, of Chamberlayne Avenue, Wembley, north west London, denies murder but admits perverting the course of justice by concealing the death and also conspiracy to defraud.
Mr Kutner, of Leighton Road, Kentish Town, north west London, denies murder and perverting the course of justice by concealing the death, but admits conspiracy to defraud.
The trial continues.
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