Lorraine Cox homicide trial in Exeter sixteenth day – reside updates
Lorraine Cox’s homicide trial resumes at this time and the defendant is being cross-examined by the Crown.
Azam Mangori, 24, is on trial in Exeter Crown Courtroom. He denies killing the 32-year-old in September final yr.
Mangori met Lorraine on her means dwelling via the town middle within the wee hours of the morning.
The couple returned to their condo above a kebab store on the nook of Fore Road and Mary Arches Road the place he allegedly murdered her.
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He dismembered his physique and threw it in a forest a number of kilometers away and within the rubbish cans in the back of the property. Over the following few days, he admits to utilizing his telephone to fake to household and associates that she was nonetheless alive.
Lorraine’s disappearance led to a significant police investigation within the metropolis in early September 2020.
The primary week of the trial uncovered the case towards Mangori.
Witnesses dwelling and dealing at Bodrum Kebab Home stated they noticed nothing uncommon on the night time of the alleged homicide.
Mangori stored Lorraine’s physique in her condo for every week earlier than taking a cab into the woods to eliminate the physique elements.
The second week of the trial heard how CCTV captured Mangori procuring within the days following Lorraine’s disappearance. He additionally made a number of journeys to the River Exe.
A forensic scientist used DNA profiling to hyperlink Lorraine to Mangori’s condo.
The third week of the trial heard testimony from a forensic toxicologist who found that there have been no medicine generally used within the Lorraine system. A forensic port mortem couldn’t set up how Lorraine died.
She had been consuming with associates on the quayside and at The Arcade pub earlier than coming dwelling alone within the early hours of September 1. She didn’t know Mangori however CCTV reveals the couple assembly close to the junction of Sidwell Road and Excessive Road.
The accused claimed to have panicked after the sudden demise of Lorraine, a diabetic, in his condo. The Iraqi nationwide stated he didn’t name 999 as a result of the place he grew up, that was not what individuals did. He had solely been on the town since July 2020 and spent a lot of his time alone in his condo taking part in video games on his telephone.
The accused stated he couldn’t perceive what had occurred and believed that Lorraine may come again to life.
His story is reviewed by prosecution lawyer Simon Legal guidelines QC.
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