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Rakesh Bhayani sentenced for the murder of Carole Waugh

28/11/2013

Rakesh Bhayani was sentenced to a life term in prison to serve a minimum of 27 years today (Thursday 28 November) at the Central Criminal Court for the murder of Carole Waugh in April 2012.

Jenny Hopkins, CPS London Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "Carole Waugh was the victim of a cruel and callous plot to take her money during which she tragically lost her life.

"Rakesh Bhayani was a compulsive gambler who would bet, and lose, thousands of pounds at a time. He met Carole in 2008 and from then on she lent him various sums of money.

"In return for her generosity and kindness, Bhayani plotted with Nicholas Kutner a complex fraud to steal her assets.

"After Bhayani brutally murdered Carole in April 2012, he and Kutner then proceeded to cynically conceal her death in furtherance of their plan to defraud her estate. They worked together to dispose of her body and to clean and remove her belongings from her flat.

"Kutner even posed as Carole's brother, Chris, in order to try to rent and sell her £650,000 central London flat.

"We hope the convictions today give some small comfort to Carole Waugh's family. Our thoughts are with them at this time."

Background

The defendants were/are charged as follows:

Rakesh Bhayani:  murder (guilty after trial), conspiracy to defraud (Guilty plea), perverting the course of public justice (Guilty plea). Sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 27 years.

Nicholas Kutner: perverting the course of public justice (Guilty after trial), conspiracy to defraud (Guilty plea), three counts of fraud (Guilty plea x 3). Kutner was found not guilty of murder. Sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Elie Khoury: found not guilty of conspiracy to defraud.

Julie Witham: conspiracy to defraud (Guilty plea 25.03.13). Sentenced to 12 month Community order and ordered to undertake 140 hours of unpaid work.

Derek Eastham pleaded guilty to transferring criminal property (Guilty Plea 24.09.13) and possessing criminal property (Guilty Plea 14.6.13). Sentenced today to 12 months in prison, suspended for 12 months.

Please note: Elaine Perkins, Deborah Burke and Susan O'Shea and all awaiting trial for one count each of conspiracy to defraud. This will begin on 2 December 2013 at the Central Criminal Court.

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