Azam Mangori, 24, was convicted of the murder of Lorraine Cox, 32, in Exeter, back in September, 2020.
Mangori, also known as Christopher Mayer, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of murder by a jury at Exeter Crown Court following a five-week trial.
He left her body in his flat for a week before dismembering her, after he followed and murdered her in his room above a kebab shop. He later disposed of her body in an alleyway and woodland. After the killing, he used her sim card in his mobile phone to try to pretend to her family and friends she was alive and well.
Speaking after the verdict, Lorraine Cox’s family said in a statement she was a “kind-hearted, loving generous girl – the heartbeat of our family”, adding: “We hope and pray that no other woman or family has to go through what our beautiful girl suffered, or that any other family suffers the brutal, distressing experience we have all been through.”
Lorraine Cox had been out on a Bank Holiday night out with friends. At about 1.30am she had set off to walk home alone and she had had a lot to drink, something which Mangori exploited.
Mangori’s conviction is the result of a large-scale investigation by Devon and Cornwall Police which involved 1,813 exhibits, 232 officers and staff, and 738 statements.
Some 10,800 hours of CCTV, from more than 400 camera across 120 sites, was seized as part of the enquiries.
Officers searched through 154GB of extracted data from the defendant’s phone – the equivalent of 15million pages of A4 – as part of their enquiries.
This included 70,000 images and 6,500 videos.
It is not known how she died at the hands of Mangori, but evidence suggests she was either suffocated or strangled. The killer spent the following week trying to cover up his crime.
Detective Sergeant Samantha Wenham, of Devon and Cornwall Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Today’s verdict finding Azam Mangori guilty of Lorraine Cox’s Murder, in addition with the previous guilty plea to preventing a lawful burial, is welcomed by Devon and Cornwall Police.
“This investigation has involved close to 300 specialist investigators and experts covering extensive lines of enquiry, including searches, forensics, CCTV and mobile phone examination.
Sentencing takes place on 7th April.