A MAN has been found guilty of murdering a woman in his room above a kebab shop then disposing of her body, a court has heard.
Azam Mangori, 24, killed "kind-hearted" Lorraine Cox, 32, then butchered her into seven pieces – hiding her remains in bins and woodland in Exeter.
Mangori then hacked into her social media and used her SIM card to pretend she was alive and well to family and friends.
Exeter Crown Court heard Mangori saw Lorraine as she was walking home alone in the early hours of September 1 last year.
Mangori, also known as Christopher Mayer, took her to his flat above a takeaway in Exeter and murdered her.
It’s thought she could have been suffocated as the T-shirt she had been wearing was found in her mouth.
He stored her remains in his flat above the kebab house for days then dismembered her and wrapped her in bin sacks.
Her friends and family grew suspicious of the messages they were receiving and reported her missing to the police.
CCTV, DNA evidence, phone records, internet searches and toxicology tests on Lorraine's remains proved he killed her.
Mangori pleaded not guilty to murder but admitted a charge of preventing Lorraine's lawful burial.
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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 will be sentenced next week.
Following the conmvinctiom Lorraine's family spoke on the case for the first time.
They said: "We hope and pray that no other woman or family has to go through what our beautiful girl suffered, or that any other family suffers the brutal, distressing experience we have all been through.
"But, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of people across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom and beyond for being by our side."
They added: "Sadly, we will never be able to see Lorraine alive again, but we couldn't have asked for more from the public and we shall be forever grateful for their continued help and support, both during and after this period.
"Nothing will ever repair the broken hearts the family suffer every day and will for the rest of our lives."
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