A person has been convicted of homicide after killing and dismembering a lady who went lacking on an evening out.
Azam Mangori killed Lorraine Cox, 32, in his room above an Exeter kebab store in September final yr, Exeter Crown Courtroom discovered, with suffocation a possible reason behind loss of life.
Following her loss of life Mangori, an Iraqi nationwide, dismembered Ms Cox’s physique over the course of per week whereas utilizing her SIM card in his cell phone to fake to her household and buddies that she was alive and nicely.
The 24-year-old, who initially pleaded not responsible to homicide however accepted a separate cost of stopping his sufferer’s lawful burial, disposed of Ms Cox’s clothes and possessions in bins and woodlands in an try and cowl up the killing.
Mangori was discovered responsible on the finish of a four-week trial at Exeter Crown Courtroom following six hours of deliberation by the jury.
Ms Cox was final seen strolling residence from an evening out with buddies at about 1.30am on 1 September. Prosecutors stated she had been drunk on the time, and had engaged in a “sexual encounter” with Mangori in an alleyway earlier than they went again to his flat above the Bodrum Kebab Home.
Her whereabouts remained a thriller to her household for per week till Mangori, a failed asylum seeker, was arrested by detectives.
Prosecutor Simon Legal guidelines QC informed the court docket the defendant had a “morbid curiosity in amputation” and, days earlier than and after the homicide, had checked out photographs referring to the topic.
Mr Legal guidelines stated: “Given the dates he considered this materials, you could assume it’s clear he was within the subject earlier than he had any want for info.
“You’ll little doubt need to contemplate whether or not it was this curiosity that will have motivated him to commit this homicide.”
Mangori bought objects to get rid of Ms Cox’s physique over a lot of days, together with a trowel after viewing an internet web page entitled: “Learn how to dig a grave by hand.”
A pathologist was unable to find out the exact reason behind Ms Cox’s loss of life as a result of size of time between her homicide and stays being discovered.
Giving proof, Mangori informed the jury she died all of the sudden after intercourse in his bed room having been consuming and taking medication.
He stated he panicked when he found her mendacity lifeless on the ground, and left her in his room for a number of days earlier than wrapping her physique in clingfilm, bin liners and tape.
“I simply keep in mind waking up, prefer it was a nightmare. I simply freaked out once I noticed her. I simply dragged her on to my mattress as a result of she regarded actually chilly,” he stated.
“Deep down I knew she was lifeless however I assumed she would get up.”
Mangori, who was remanded into custody, will probably be sentenced on 7 April by Mr Justice Garnham.
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