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Man, 24, had sex with drunken woman before murdering her and chopping up her body, court hears

Azam Mangori, 24, allegedly murdered Lorraine Cox and cut up her body into seven pieces

A 24-year-old man who met a drunken stranger and had sex with her in an alleyway went on to allegedly murder her and cut up her body into seven pieces, a court heard today. 

Azam Mangori met Lorraine Cox, 32, after she had enjoyed a night out with friends in Exeter, Devon. 

He had sex with her in an alleyway before he took her to his flat above a kebab shop where he allegedly murdered her. 

Mangori then used tools to cut off her arms and legs before disposing of her body parts at various locations including woodland at nearby Newton St Cyres, it is claimed. 

Prosecutor Simon Laws QC told Exeter Crown Court: 'One night in the summer of last year a woman named Lorraine Cox went missing in Exeter. 

'She had been out with friends in the evening [of] Bank Holiday Monday. At about 1.30am she had set off to walk home alone and she had had a lot to drink.'

He continued: 'Her whereabouts were a mystery to her friends and family for another week. 

'No one knew where she was. The answer was that she had been killed by this defendant. 

Victim Lorraine Cox, 32, had met Mangori after she had enjoyed a night out with friends in Exeter, Devon

'She had had the great misfortune to be spotted by him when she was walking home. He was out walking the streets alone.

'He went up to her, they had never met one another before. He took advantage of her drunken state and had a sexual encounter with her in an alleway off Sidwell Street.

'He then led her back to his room above a kebab shop in the city centre and he killed her there.

'He cut her body up into seven pieces and disposed of them. He mutilated the body in other ways.

'He disposed of her clothing and any of her possessions that she had with her and he took the sim card from her phone and used it to pretend to be her, and pretend to the world that she was still alive.'

Police searching countryside and woodland near Newton St Cyres, five miles from Exeter

Mr Laws said Mangori, now 24, who was also known as Christoper Mayer, went to enormous efforts to cover up his crime - but that was all in vain.

'He had no idea of the skill and intensity of the police investigation was to follow,' the prosecutor said. 

Exeter Crown Court heard that he tried to hide the truth but he failed to do so.

Mr Laws said CCTV showed them meeting, and the shops he went to buy the tools he needed to dismember and dispose of her body as well as the digital world showing 'the cruel deception'.

DNA experts established that the defendant was responsible for the disposal of her body.

He told the jury that Mangori has admitted a charge of preventing her lawful burial. 

DNA experts established that the defendant was responsible for the disposal of her body. Pictured: Lorraine Cox with a friend

Mr Laws said: 'He has admitted that it was him who cut up and otherwise disposed of her body preventing her burial.'

The court heard Lorraine Cox was very drunk and had taken cocaine. Mangori had been alone in his room and was sober.

Mr Laws said: 'Mangori was contacting escorts, a male one first and a female one.

'He did not manage to meet with one for whatever reason. He decided to go out onto the streets to see what he could find. He was not looking to meet a friend.

'He was not stretching his legs, he was purposeful. Once he saw Lorraine Cox on her own he homed in on her and in short that was how their paths crossed that night.

'There is no evidence that the two of them had ever met before that night.'

Mr Laws told the jury about the sexual preferences of both Miss Cox and Mangori 'not to pry into personal lives' but to make sure this encounter was not misunderstood.

He said Lorraine Cox 'predominantly preferred women' but occasionally had sexual relations with men. 

Mr Laws said it was eight days after his disappearance that Mangori was spoken to by police.

'At that stage the police did not know for sure whether Lorraine was alive or not. She had been reported as missing by her father.

'When the police first spoke to the defendant he tried to lie his way out of what he had done. He pretended that he had not brought Lorraine back to his room at all.'

The Crown said the evidence against Mangori, an Iraqi Kurd, was 'truly overwhelming'.

Mangori, who had only been in Exeter for around six weeks before the murder, was arrested but remained silent over days of interviews.

The court heard he cut up her body and cut off her arms and legs.

Material on his phone was found including images and videos from the internet showing the 'structure of the leg and amputation'.

He viewed some of the material in the days before he met Lorraine Cox, who was from Exeter and in a relationship with another woman. 

Some of the images was seen at the time 'when her body was in his room', said Mr Laws who added that Mangori used a fake name of Christopher Mayer when he came to Britain, but a passport revealed his real name and age.

Mangori denies murder and his trial continues. It is expected to last up to a month.    

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