TWO men have been jailed following the death of businesswoman Carole Waugh.
Rakesh Bhayani, 41, of Chamberlayne Avenue, Wembley, was found guilty of Ms Waugh’s murder and was sentenced to life for a minimum of 27 years at the Old Bailey on Thursday November 28.
He had previously admitted perverting the course of justice, and conspiracy to commit fraud.
Nicholas Kutner, 48, of no fixed address, was found not guilty of murder but guilty of perverting the course of justice.
He had previously admitted conspiracy to commit fraud and will serve a total of thirteen years.
Ms Waugh’s body was found in a holdall in the boot of a car hidden in a garage in New Maldon four months after she disappeared.
She was last seen alive on 16 April 2012 and it is believed she was murdered soon after.
After she was reported missing by her family in early May police found suspicious activity in her bank accounts and Bhayani and Kutner used many means to fund an extravagant lifestyle.
A postmortem examination could not determine a cause of death but Carole, 49, had suffered a stab wound.
Detective Chief Inspector Justin Davies of the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) said: “While Carole’s body lay undiscovered, they showed no regard for her family who they knew were desperately seeking to trace her. Ms Waugh was a wealthy woman; her years of hard work both in the UK and abroad were squandered in matter of three months. They took almost everything she worked for with exception of two bracelets which remained on her body. These were difficult to prise off her wrists and I have no doubt if able to, they would have taken these items too.”
As well as the life sentence, Bhayani was given six years for perverting the course of justice, six years for conspiracy to commit fraud and 40 months for three counts of fraud and these are to run concurrent.
Kutner was given seven years for perverting the course of justice and six years for conspiracy to commit fraud and will run consecutively.
He was sentenced to 40 months for one count of fraud and 16 months each for two other counts of fraud, which will run concurrently.
Chris Waugh, Carole’s brother, said: “Carole was loving, supportive and great fun. Her home visits were memorable. She always had great stories to tell. She turned these stories into adventures. For mum, who rarely ventured out of the county of Durham these stories were an insight not only into Carole’s life, but into the world as a whole. London, Libya, Australia, Italy, Dubai, to name but a few, were all brought to life by Carole.”
Five days after Carole’s funeral her mum collapsed and was taken to hospital.
She died in August this year.