Who was Lorraine Cox?
Lorraine Cox was the victim of Azam Mangori, a failed asylum seeker who chopped up her and had sex with her, now tells police he was gay as he tried to put them off the scent, a court heard today. Mangori was ruthless in the way he tried to cover his tracks after he had lured drunken Lorraine Cox back to his room above a kebab shop in Exeter city center last August Bank Holiday Monday, jurors were told.
How old was Lorraine Cox?
Lorraine Cox was 32 years old at the time of death.
Lorraine Cox News: Updated Details
Lorraine Cox disappeared after the night out with friends and her whereabouts were a mystery prompting a missing person inquiry by police. Officers launched a murder investigation after her remains were discovered a week later.
As part of their investigation into Mangori, police found a website he visited on ‘how to dig a grave by hand’, the jury was told today.
Prosecutor Simon Laws QC continued to outline the case against the 24-year-old Iraqi Kurd who denies murdering the 32-year-old.
Lorraine Cox Exeter
Exeter Crown Court heard Mangori had gone out around 2am that morning and spotted Lorraine as she walked home alone. The court heard he had sex with her in an alleyway – something he recorded on his phone – and then took her to his room where he killed her.
Mr. Laws said Mangori then went about covering his tracks and used her sim card to make out that she was still alive as worried friends and family wondered where she was. Prosecutor Simon Laws QC continued to outline the case against the 24-year-old Iraqi Kurd who denies murdering the 32-year-old.
Exeter Crown Court heard Mangori had gone out around 2 am that morning and spotted Lorraine as she walked home alone.
The court heard he had sex with her in an alleyway – something he recorded on his phone – and then took her to his room where he killed her.
Lorraine Cox Autopsy
Mr. Laws said Mangori then went about covering his tracks and used her sim card to make out that she was still alive as the family wondered where she was. That sim card was later found under a drain cover near the kebab shop – and in an alleyway next to the shop police later found taped black bins containing her arms and legs.
Mr. Laws said Mangori was caught on camera going into local shops and buying black bin bags, tape, a heater to dry a blood-stained carpet, an air purifier to hide the smell of her decomposing body in his room, sheeting to stop blood splashing on walls and a suitcase.
The prosecutor said he also bought cleaning materials and searched websites in a bid to help him get away with his crime.
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Mr. Laws told jurors that after looking at the website about how to dig a grave by hand’ Mangori was seen on CCTV buying a trowel. The court heard ten days before he killed he had bought a large kitchen knife he would later use to cut up her body.
In Lorraine’s backpack, she had a piece of paper with her passwords on it – and Mangori took a picture of it so he could use it in his cover-up, the court heard. Lorraine had been to the kebab house on the night of her death and ate a kebab on a bench nearby.
But when the police looked more closely at CCTV, Mr. Laws said, it showed Mangori leaving the building at 2.03 am and Lorraine and a man kissing and returning at 2.45 am. Police spoke to Mangori ‘who still thought he had got away with his crime.
Police showed him the image of him with Lorraine but he said he was not sure it was him, said the Crown and didn’t think it was.
‘He said he was gay. That was not the whole truth as he had contact with female escorts.
‘It was clear Mangori was involved in some way,’ said Mr Laws who said Mangori was arrested on suspicion of kidnap but tried to distract the police by asking why the other men in the kebab shop building were not suspects.