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Carole Waugh death: Three deny shopping using her ID

Carole Waugh
Image caption Carole Waugh once worked for an oil company in Libya

Three women have denied impersonating a murdered oil executive and going on a shopping spree for designer handbags.

Carole Waugh went missing from her home in central London in May 2012, before her body was found in a lock-up garage in New Malden three months later.

At the Old Bailey, Elaine Perkins, 51, Deborah Burke, 49 and Susan O'Shea, 61, denied fraud.

Rakesh Bhayani and Nicholas Kutner, 48, deny murdering the 50-year-old and are due to go on trial in October.

'Share-sale bid'

At court, Ms O'Shea denied using a credit card in Miss Waugh's name to buy Chanel and Mulberry handbags and Ms Burke pleaded not guilty to using a credit card at the Apple store and Westfield Stratford City.

Ms Perkins, who is alleged to have aided and abetted Ms Burke, is also accused of claiming to be Miss Waugh during a bid to sell the woman's British Aerospace shares and take out loans.

Rakesh Bhayani, 41, of Wembley and Nicholas Kutner, 48, of no fixed address have previously denied murdering Miss Waugh.

Mr Bhayani has pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice by concealing her death, attempting to dispose of her body and removing potential evidence.

He and Mr Kutner also admitted conspiring to defraud Miss Waugh, after withdrawing cash from her bank, taking out loans and using credit cards in her name.

Crime proceeds

Mr Kutner, who denies perverting the course of justice, did admit three charges of fraud after pretending to be Miss Waugh's brother to charge rent for her flat.

Derek Eastham, 56, and Elie Khoury, 40, deny conspiracy to defraud, while Mr Eastham has admitted possessing counterfeit money.

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided to offer no evidence against Mr Bhayani's wife, Sheetal, of Wembley who was accused of possessing £5,800 knowing it to have been obtained through crime.

Miss Waugh, originally from Durham, had worked for an oil company in Libya and lived at Tressard Court in Marylebone, central London.

Her family had last seen her on 16 April 2012.

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