A man accused of the murder of Exeter woman Lorraine Cox has made regular calls to male and female escort services around the city.
Just a few hours before the 32-year-old was allegedly killed, 24-year-old Azam Mangori sent a message to an escort asking if he was working.
In the days leading up to Lorraine’s death, he was in regular contact with male, female and transgender companions, as his phone records show.
Mangori is on trial at Exeter Crown Crown. He denies the murder of Lorraine, who was on her way back from a drinking lesson with friends when she disappeared in Exeter city center on September 1st.
On the last day of their murder trial, police heard evidence of information obtained from Mangori’s phone after he was arrested on Sept. 8.
It was found that between August 22 and September 4, he contacted 22 different numbers associated with escorts in the Exeter area.
About an hour before he left his apartment above Bodrum Kebab House, he sent a message to a male escort asking, “Are you working now?” Because of the late hour, he received no answer. Half an hour later, he contacted a female escort.
Shortly after 2 a.m. Mangori left his apartment and walked down the High Street, where he saw Lorraine alone. CCTV reveals that Mangori followed her as she headed toward Sidwell Street. At some point he overtook her before pulling back and stopping to speak to the woman. The couple, who didn’t know each other, had sex in an alley. Mangori recorded audio of the encounter on his cell phone.
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The two returned to the kebab store building by Coroner on Mary Arches Street at 2:45 a.m. It is believed that Mangori murdered Lorraine.
DC Joanne Rotchell said police examined Mangori’s phones and how he used them before and after Lorraine disappeared.
At 4:49 a.m., phone analysis showed that Mangori had sent two messages to two contacts on Snapchat. DC Rotchell said the police could not see the contents of these messages due to the way Snapchat works.
Later that evening, Mangori was taking selfies of himself as he vaporizes and heard music.
Detectives looked at call data, internet usage, messages, social media, and SIM card transfers.
Videos were played to the jury which, according to the prosecutor, revealed the defendant’s “pathological” interest in an amputation.
DC Rotchell said that Mangori was given access to Lorraine’s Facebook account at 1 p.m. on the day of the alleged murder. It is alleged that he used Lorraine’s SIM on his own phone to gain access to her messages and to pretend to family and friends that she was still alive.
Prosecutors say he spent the week after Lorraine’s death cutting up her body and throwing it into rubbish bins and woods.
On September 6, pictures of grave digging were viewed on Mangori’s cell phone. They were linked to a website called “How to Hand Dig a Grave”. DC Rotchell said the website offers step-by-step instructions on digging a grave and the tools to use.
Two days later, his phone was used to view Google Map scenes of Tinpit Hill near Newton St Cyres. Mangori then took a taxi to the site and disposed of some of Lorraine’s remains.
Tenants who lived with Mangori in the kebab house had previously described him to the jury as “calm” and as someone they did not know. He spent much of his time in his room, sometimes helping out at the local Quick Stop Shop.
No one in the apartment saw or heard anything suspicious the night Lorraine was brought back and allegedly murdered.
Mangori admits she disposed of her body, but it is believed he will say she suddenly died from a medical episode.
DC Rotchell was interrogated by QC defender Adam Vaitilingham.
He suggested that of the vast amount of information stored on Mangori’s phone – 154 gigabytes – only a very small fraction may be relevant to this case and that what the police called suspicious was “completely innocent.”
The officer agreed that Mangori may have passed some amputation pictures and not clicked on them.
The process will continue next week.
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