A JURY retired today to consider its verdicts in the case of two men accused of murdering a wealthy woman.
Rakesh Bhayani, 41, and Nicholas Kutner, 48, are accused of killing Carole Waugh, from Haswell, said to have been a lonely woman who worked as an amateur escort.
The jury at the Old Bailey has heard claims that they were professional conmen with gambling habits who killed Ms Waugh in April last year then went on to steal large sums of her money.
Ms Waugh, 49, was stabbed in the neck in her flat in Marylebone, central London.
The court heard her body was placed in a bag, which was carried to a car.
The vehicle was initially stored in a central London car park, then left in a rented garage in New Malden, south London.
The body was discovered there in August last year.
The jury was sent out at 3pm then sent away for the day at 4.20pm, and will resume its deliberations at 10am tomorrow.
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.
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.
A third defendant, Elie Khoury, 40, of Spring Street, Paddington, central London, denies conspiracy to defraud.