Women deny charges linked to former East Durham woman’s murder case

Carole Waugh
Carole Waugh

THREE women have denied impersonating murdered wealthy oil executive Carole Waugh to go on a shopping spree for designer handbags and perfume.

Elaine Perkins, 51, Deborah Burke, 49 and Susan O’Shea, 61, all deny committing fraud by pretending to be Miss Waugh, from Haswell, who was reported missing last April.

Her body was found stabbed in a lock-up garage in London in August last year.

O’Shea and Burke are accused of using a different credit card under the victim’s name.

Perkins, who is alleged to have aided and abetted Burke, is also accused of claiming to be Miss Waugh during a bid to sell the woman’s British Aerospace shares and take out loans.

The case was adjourned after the hearing at the Old Bailey.