A MAN accused of murdering a millionaire to steal her money has described how he felt sick as he forced her body into a bag.
Rakesh Bhayani, 41, told jurors at the Old Bailey that he went to Carole Waugh’s flat with co-defendant Nicholas Kutner, 48, to remove her corpse and store it in a car.
He explained that he did not contact police because he was involved in a fraud with Ms Waugh, from Haswell, and Kutner, and feared he would be linked to her murder.
Prosecutors have previously told the trial that “the evidence strongly suggests” Ms Waugh was stabbed in the neck in her flat in Marylebone, central London, on April 16 last year.
But Bhayani, giving evidence from the witness box, claimed he only found out she was dead seven days later.
He told the jury that Kutner broke the news to him at a branch of Caffe Nero on Edgware Road, near Ms Waugh’s flat.
Bhayani said: “He was in a very bad physical way.
“I said: ‘Well what’s happened?’
“I’m thinking something has gone wrong with the fraud, and he said: ‘Carole’s dead.’”
Bhayani explained that he initially believed Kutner was joking, but then realised he was telling the truth.
“He was telling me that Carole is dead in her flat and it just seemed like the world had stopped really at that moment,” he said.
Bhayani said he went with Kutner to her flat the following day to put the body into a bag which was carried into a car.
He saw her body under her bed but did not notice any injuries, he told the jury.
“I’m in a panic. I’ve never really seen a dead body before in my life,” he said.
“I didn’t really want to do this.”
He went on: “He (Kutner) held her legs out and tried to put her in the bag.
“I was nearly physically sick at that moment. Just the smell, what I was seeing. I couldn’t really deal with it.”
Bhayani, of Chamberlayne Avenue, Wembley, 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.
The case continues.