Kebab shop killer who murdered 'kind-hearted' woman, 32, then chopped up her body is jailed for life

Kebab shop killer who murdered 'kind-hearted' woman, 32, then chopped up her body is jailed for life

April 7, 2021

A KEBAB shop killer who murdered a "kind-hearted" woman then chopped up her body has today been jailed for life.

Azam Mangori, 24, killed Lorraine Cox, 32, then cut her up 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. 

A court heard Miss Cox had the "great misfortune" to bump into shop worker Mangori after she had enjoyed a boozy night out with friends in Exeter, Devon.

Today Mr Justice Garnham jailed him for life – adding that he will serve 20 years before being considered for parole.

Mr Garnham said: "You chose to kill Lorraine Cox by suffocating her.

"By your actions your murdered this bright, vivacious, intelligent young woman who had her whole life ahead of her."

The judge said Miss Cox was "incapacitated by drink" when Mangori suffocated her by stuffing her vest into her mouth.

He said Mangori kept her body in his flat for eight days – and her family and friends they were "eight days of desperate hope and fruitless searches."

Lorraine's partner, Scottish mum-of-one Elise Fallow, told the court she will "never recover" from Lorraine's killing.

Ms Fallow, speaking about herself, said: "That person died when the woman I loved had been murdered."

Exeter Crown Court heard Mangori saw the woman as she was walking home alone in the early hours of September 1 last year.

CCTV footage shows Miss Cox's final moments as she walked through the Exeter city centre before sitting on a bench to eat a kebab, as well as Mangori later leaving his flat with a large Sports Direct bag – believed to have contained some of Lorraine's body parts.

Mangori, also known as Christopher Mayer, took Lorraine to his flat above a takeaway shop and murdered her.

He was filmed leaving the flat and then going back there with Lorraine at 2.45am – the last time she was seen alive.

The sicko used tools to 'neatly' cut off her arms and legs and disposed of her body parts at various locations, including a woodland near to Newton St Cyres and in wheelie bins outside the takeaway shop.

He was also seen on CCTV making several trips to Wilko to buy bin bags believed to have been used to wrap up Lorraine's body.

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.

HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247

Following a five-week trial at Exeter Crown Court, Mangori, of no fixed address, was convicted of murder by a jury after six hours of deliberations.

The jury was today told he was a loner with an online gaming obsession – a cold and calculating killer who harboured dark fantasies about amputation.

Prosecutor Simon Laws QC had told the jury: "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, August Bank Holiday Monday.

"At about 1.30am she had set off to walk home alone and she had had a lot to drink.

"Her whereabouts were a mystery to her family and friends for another week.

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

"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 alleyway.

"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."

Mr Laws added: "You cut off her airway and smothered her. She died in front of you."

Lorraine's family said she was "the most kind-hearted, loving, generous girl – the heartbeat of our family."

They added: "Sadly we will never be able to see Lorraine alive again.

"Nothing will ever repair the broken hearts the family suffer every day and will for the rest of our lives."

Assistant Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, Jim Colwell, said the murder was "callous and brutal in its nature."

He said: "Devon and Cornwall Police, along with many parts of our society, is currently reflecting on the highlighting of threats many woman and girls feel on a daily basis."

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