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Two men charged with oil boss Carole Waugh murder
TWO men were last night charged with the murder of a North-East oil executive found stabbed in a car.
Rakesh Bhayani, 40, and Nicholas Kutner, 47, who have already been charged with fraud offences linked to the disappearance of 50-year-old Carole Waugh, from Durham City, will appear at Croydon Magistrates’ Court this morning.
Miss Waugh had been missing for three months before her body was found with a single stab wound inside a car at a garage in New Malden, south-west London, on August 2.
Although she had been living in London since 2008, Miss Waugh’s family – including her mother Margaret – still live in County Durham and she was a frequent visitor.
Police said the last confirmed sighting of her was during a family party, in the small village of Haswell, in mid-April. Her bank executive brother was the last to see her when he waved goodbye from Durham railway station.
She was originally from Durham, but had been living in London since 2008 after working in Libya for a number of years.
She was reported missing on May 7.
Mr Bhayani, of Chamberlayne Avenue, Wembley, north west London, is already due to appear in court next month on three charges of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation worth about £280,000, following transactions associated with Miss Waugh’s identity.
Mr Kutner, of no fixed address, was originally arrested on suspicion of murder and kidnap on August 1.
He also faces two charges relating to renting her property at Tressard Court in central London and one of unlawfully withdrawing funds from her bank account.
He is also facing a fraud charge after being accused of pretending to be Chris Waugh, Ms Waugh’s brother, in a bid to sell her London home.
Detectives have said she met men through a variety of internet sites, and they were investigating the possibility that she might have been an escort.