Man jailed for life for murder of East Durham woman


A CONMAN has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 27 years after stabbing to death a wealthy woman from Haswell in her flat in central London, hiding her body in the boot of a car and spending her money.

Rakesh Bhayani, 41, was sentenced at the Old Bailey for the murder of Carole Waugh, said to have been a lonely woman who worked as an amateur escort and who believed that he was her friend.

A jury convicted Bhayani of the murder on Wednesday.

Ms Waugh, 49, died at her flat, where she lived alone, in Marylebone.

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.

Police described Bhayani as “a confidence trickster who murdered her with the sole intention of stripping her assets and the belongings she had worked hard for”.

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