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A man has been found guilty of murdering a woman who was stabbed in the neck in her flat in central London and her body hidden in a car boot.

Carole Waugh, 50, was reported missing from her Marylebone home in May 2012. Her body was found in a rented garage in New Malden on 2 August.

 

Rakesh Bhayani, 41, was found guilty of murder while Nicholas Kutner, 48, was cleared of the same charge.

Sentencing will take place at the Old Bailey on Thursday.

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Bhayani, from Wembley, north-west London, had previously admitted conspiracy to defraud Ms Waugh and perverting the course of justice by concealing the death.

Kutner, from Kentish Town, north London, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice by concealing the death. He had already admitted conspiracy to defraud.

During the trial, prosecutors told the Old Bailey that “the evidence strongly suggests” Ms Waugh was stabbed in the neck at home on 16 April last year.

The court heard the former oil company worker was lonely and worked as an escort.

A third defendant, Elie Khoury, 40, of Spring Street, Paddington, central London, was found not guilty of conspiracy to defraud.

Mr Justice Wilkie deferred sentencing to allow for Ms Waugh’s family to attend.

He said: “I am particularly aware that the family of Carole Waugh are not in attendance today and that it should be desirable that they should be present.”

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