Carole Waugh murder accused ‘splashed out on girls and gambling to celebrate’

Carole Waugh
Carole Waugh

THE killers of wealthy escort Carole Waugh celebrated by splashing out on expensive girls, luxury hotel rooms and casino gambling, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.

Professional conmen Nicholas Kutner, 48, and Rakesh Bhayani, 41, allegedly murdered the 49-year-old millionaire, from Haswell, so they could strip her assets using a team of female impersonators.

They stashed the body in a holdall in the boot of a Volkswagen Golf in an underground car park in central London, jurors heard.

Meanwhile one fake Carole Waugh was sent out to buy expensive handbags worth more than £5,000 from Chanel and Selfridges using the victim’s Barclaycard, it is claimed.

On April 20 last year, four days after the killing, Bhayani and Kutner decided to give themselves a reward, said prosecutor Patrick Gibbs QC.

He said: “By the end of the day they are celebrating. The killing must have been bloody and dramatic but now Carole Waugh’s body is out of sight in a holdall in the boot of an anonymous car in Cavendish Square car park behind John Lewis.

“They were transferring money between bank accounts at will. An impersonator has successfully used the Barclaycard, they have got daily pocket money from the ATMs and plenty of money for all the gambling and expensive girls they wanted.

“That night they splashed out.”

Kutner went out for the night with a university student who needed help with her fees and then booked into the Sanderson hotel, which describes itself as “a world of fantasy and wellbeing”, the court heard.

The next day he took the student to casinos and lost a large amount of money, jurors were told.

Bhayani booked himself into No5 Cavendish Square, tagged as “the epitome of opulent leisure”.

“It had been a stressful few days for these men but they have allowed themselves a little reward,” said Mr Gibbs.

Ms Waugh, who lived alone at a £600,000 flat in Marylebone, west London, was last seen alive on the afternoon of April 16 last year.

She had previously worked as an accounts clerk for an oil firm in Libya, but at the time of her death earned money as an amateur escort.

Her family reported her missing in May but it was not until August 2 that her body was found at a garage in New Malden, south London. She had died of a stab wound to the neck.

Kutner, of no fixed address, and Bhayani, of Chamberlayne Avenue, Wembley, northwest London, both deny murder but admit conspiracy to defraud.

Jurors heard Bhayani has admitted conspiracy to pervert the course of justice while Kutner denies the charge.

Elie Khoury, 40, of Spring Street, Paddington, west London, denies one count of conspiracy to defraud.

Khoury was allegedly recruited by Bhayani to find the women to impersonate Carole Waugh.

The trial continues.