Who is Azam Mangori?
Azam Mangori is a failed asylum seeker man who has reportedly been convicted of murdering and dismembering 23-year-old Lorraine Cox in his room above an Exeter kebab shop in September last year when Cox went missing on a night out.
Azam Mangori, aged 23, has this afternoon been found guilty of the murder of Lorraine Cox in #Exeter.
Mangori, of no fixed abode, had previously admitted preventing the lawful burial of Miss Cox’s body.
He will be sentenced at Exeter Crown Court on Wednesday 7 April. pic.twitter.com/Tzy9iGIRzP
— Devon & Cornwall Police (@DC_Police) April 1, 2021
She could have been suffocated as the T-shirt she had been wearing was found in her mouth.
How old is Azam Mangori?
Azam Mangori is 23 years old as of the year 2021.
Azam Mangori: Who Killed Lorraine Cox?
The Iraqi national cut her body into seven pieces over the course of a week and disposed of her clothing and possessions in bins and woodland. After murdering Miss Cox, Mangori then used her SIM card on his mobile phone to pretend she was alive and well to family and friends.
They reported her missing to the police before the terrible truth was finally discovered.
Following a four-week trial at Exeter Crown Court, Mangori, of no fixed address, was convicted of murder by a jury after six hours of deliberations. He had previously admitted a separate charge of preventing Miss Cox’s lawful burial.
Lorraine Cox Missing
Miss Cox was last seen walking home from a night out with friends at about 1.30 am on September 1.
Prosecutors said a drunken Miss Cox and Mangori had a ‘sexual encounter’ in an alleyway before they went back to his flat above the Bodrum Kebab House. Her whereabouts remained a mystery to her family for a week until Mangori – a failed asylum seeker from Iraq liable to deportation – was arrested by detectives.
Lorraine’s body remained in the flat until September 8.
Mangori spent the first day looking through her belongings, hacking into her phone, emails, and online social networks.
The prosecution claimed he tried to steal her money by setting up a PayPal account. Later that evening he took a Snapchat video of himself vaping on his bed and listening to music with the lyrics ‘Angels deserve to die.
He responded to concerned friends of Lorraine by pretending she was still alive and saying she was making a new start in Plymouth.
Lorraine Cox Murder
The messages included one to her father saying ‘Hey Papa, I’m sorry. I’m in Plymouth. Please forgive me.’ Another said: ‘I love you, Papa. Changing my number. I will text to you my new number.’ He deliberately mimicked Lorraine’s use of words like ‘Papa’ to make the false messages seem genuine.
Friends recognized the person responding was not Lorraine and he gave up the act on September 3 after being told that police were being called.
Mr. Laws said: ‘Given the dates, he viewed this material, you may think it is clear he was interested in the topic before he had any need for information.
Mangori looked at videos of people with amputations, as well as those with deformities to their legs and one of a woman’s lower leg experiencing cramp. ‘You will no doubt want to consider whether it was this interest that may have motivated him to commit this murder,’ he said.
Mangori purchased items to dispose of Miss Cox’s body over a number of days, including a trowel after viewing a website entitled: ‘How to dig a grave by hand.’
A pathologist was unable to determine a cause of Miss Cox’s death due to the length of time between her murder and remains being found.
Giving evidence, Mangori told the jury she died suddenly after sex in his bedroom having been drinking and taking drugs. He said he panicked when he discovered her lying dead on the floor, and left her in his room for several days before wrapping her body in clingfilm, bin liners and tape.
‘I just remember waking up, like it was a nightmare. I just freaked out when I saw her. I just dragged her on to my bed because she looked really cold,’ he said.
Mangori, who was remanded into custody, will be sentenced on April 7 by Mr Justice Garnham.