Wealthy victim killed hours after meeting, court told

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AN estate agent has told a court how he met former oil executive Carole Waugh and one of the conmen accused of her murder just hours before she was killed.

Amit Khagram said he met Miss Waugh and Rakesh Bhayani, 41, in a car in London on the morning of April 16 last year.

He told the murder trial at the Old Bailey they discussed how Bhayani was going to repay the thousands of pounds he owed the pair.

Prosecutors have previously told jurors that “the evidence strongly suggests” Miss Waugh, who grew up in Haswell, and went to school in Peterlee, was stabbed in the neck in her flat in London later that day.

Mr Khagram told the court Bhayani owed him £17,000 and Miss Waugh had lent the defendant £30,000-£40,000.

He said that after April 16 he was repaid and received text messages from Miss Waugh’s mobile, but did not speak to her.

The court has heard that Miss Waugh’s body was found in a garage on August 2, and from the state of her remains she had been dead for many months.

Patrick Gibbs QC, prosecuting, said money from some of her bank was emptied into a Barclays current account and then taken out of there, while payments for gold bullion worth tens of thousands of pounds were made.

Bhayani and Nicholas Kutner, 48, deny murdering Miss Waugh. A third defendent, Elie Khoury, 40, denies conspiracy to defraud.

The trial continues