Who was Lorraine Cox? Woman killed and chopped up into 7 pieces by stranger who lured her to his flat after sex

The killer kept her body in his flat for days before browsing the internet to find out ways to cut up a human body


                            Who was Lorraine Cox? Woman killed and chopped up into 7 pieces by stranger who lured her to his flat after sex
Lorraine Cox was chopped up into pieces by Azum Mangori, a stranger (Devon and Cornwall Police)

In September 2020, Lorraine Cox was brutally killed and her body was mutilated while she was returning home after drinking with her friends. Her body was cut up into seven pieces and disposed of in different places.  

Azum Mangori, 23, who hails from the Kurdish region in Iraq, was charged with the murder of Cox after he took advantage of her drunken state and lured her back to his flat, above a kebab shop. The trial for the prosecution of Mangori began on March 2, 2021. 

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Who was Lorraine Cox? 

Cox was a 32-year-old native of Exeter in Devon, England. On Bank Holiday, August 31, 2020, Cox went out to drink with her friends at The Arcade and Exeter Quay. At that time, she was in a relationship with another woman. After drinking with her friends, Cox was returning home alone around 1.30 am, presumably in a very drunken state. At that time, she was residing with her father in Beacon Health, after returning from Scotland where she lived for a short while with her girlfriend.

She bumped into Mangori in a deserted street when she was eating a kebab on a bench. Mangori allegedly "went up to her" and "took advantage of her drunken state and had a sexual encounter with her in an alleyway off Sidwell Street", stated prosecutor Simon Laws QC at the Exeter Crown Court. He also added that Cox agreed to the sexual encounter given her extremely inebriated state, reports DevonLive.

Later, Mangori took her to his house, killed her, cut up her body into seven pieces and disposed of her body parts in different places, including the trash bags and bins in front of the kebab shop, above which he resided. 

Bodrum Kebab House in Exeter, above which the accused Azum Mangori resided (Google Street View)

Cox was later reported missing by her father when Mangori used her SIM card to pretend that she was still alive. He even kept in touch with Cox's friends, telling them that she has moved to Plymouth. Parts of Cox's body were found after September 8. Aside from the bins near the kebab shop, her body parts were also found in woodland near Newton St Cyres, a village outside Exeter. 

Cox's funeral service was held in November 2020 by her family at East Devon Crematorium in Exeter. Her family thanked the well-wishers for their support after Cox was laid to rest. 

How did Mangori kill Cox and dispose of her body parts?

Azum Rasul Mohammed Mangori, who identified himself as Christopher Mayer to the police after being caught, had been living above the Bodrum Kebab House since his arrival in Exeter in July 2020. He sold tobacco sometimes in the black market for a livelihood.

On the fateful night, Mangori was looking for male and female escorts but was not lucky. This is when he found a drunken Cox alone in the street when he approached her. After engaging in the sexual encounter with her, he lured her into his flat allegedly with the promise of drugs and alcohol. That was the last time Cox was spotted outside alive. 

Sometime later, Mangori killed her and kept her body in his room for a few days. He later browsed the internet for ways to cut up human body parts. He was also caught on CCTV visiting shops to buy the tools for dismembering the body. After getting caught, Mangori initially pleaded not guilty. Later, he admitted to mutilating and disposing of her body but did not admit the murder. 

The trial will be continuing for the conviction of prime suspect Mangori.

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