A man was convicted of murdering a woman who was missing one night and dismembering her over a kebab shop.
Azam Mangori, 24, killed 32-year-old Lorraine Cox in his room above a fast food place in downtown Exeter, Devon, last September.
She could have suffocated when the t-shirt she was wearing was found in her mouth.
The Iraqi national cut her body into seven pieces over the course of a week and dumped her clothes and belongings in trash cans and the woods.
After Mangori murdered Miss Cox, she used her SIM card on his cell phone to pretend she was alive and well for family and friends. They reported her missing to the police.
After a four-week trial in Exeter Crown Court, Mangori was convicted of murder by a jury after six hours of deliberation without a permanent address.
He had previously admitted a separate charge for preventing Miss Cox’s lawful burial.
Miss Cox was last seen walking home from a night out with friends at around 1:30 p.m. on September 1.
Prosecutors said a drunk Miss Cox and Mangori had a “sexual encounter” in an alley before returning to his apartment above Bodrum Kebab House.
Her whereabouts remained a mystery to her family for a week until Mangori – a failed asylum seeker from Iraq who could be deported – was arrested by detectives.
Prosecutor Simon Laws QC told the court that the defendant had a “pathological interest in an amputation” and had looked at pictures on the subject days before and after the murder.
Mr. Laws said, “Given the dates on which he has viewed this material, you can think that it is clear that he was interested in the subject before he needed any information.
“He didn’t have Lorraine Cox’s body in his room until a few days later. When he did that, he performed a proper and professional amputation of her limbs. “
Mangori watched videos of people with amputations, as well as people with deformities on the legs and a lower leg of a woman who experienced convulsions.
“You will no doubt want to wonder if it was this interest that may have motivated him to commit this murder,” he said.
Mangori bought items to dispose of Miss Cox’s body over several days, including a trowel after viewing a website called “How to Hand-Dig a Grave”.
A pathologist was unable to determine the cause of Miss Cox’s death based on the length of time between her murder and the remains found.
Mangori gave evidence and told the jury that she died suddenly after drinking sex and using drugs in his bedroom.
He said he panicked when he saw her lying dead on the floor and left her in his room for a few days before wrapping her body in plastic wrap, trash bags, and duct tape.
“I just remember waking up like it was a nightmare. I just freaked out when I saw her. I just pulled her onto my bed because she looked really cold, ”he said.
“Deep down, I knew she was dead, but I thought she was going to wake up.”
Mangori, who was taken into custody, will be sentenced on April 7th by Mr Justice Garnham.